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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 19 people, including two pilots and three crew members, were killed and several others injured after a small plane belonging to the Pakistan Army Aviation crashed in Rawalpindi, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province, during a routine training flight, local media reported on Tuesday.

    Shortly after, a massive fire broke out at the crash site near the Rabi Center shopping mall, engulfing several houses and leaving at least 15 people injured, AFP reported, citing emergency services.

    The cause of the crash remains unclear and rescue brigades are operating at the scene, the report added.

    According to Reuters, citing local officials, a Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight crashed in a built-up area, killing all five crew members and 12 civilians. Another 12 civilians were injured in the crash which set off a fire in the city, according to Reuters.

    The Dunya news broadcaster reported later on Tuesday that the death toll had climbed to 19, with 16 people injured.


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