Martyrs of the Mansehra helicopter crash buried in Chaklala

RAWALPINDI: Martyrs of the Mansehra helicopter crash burial was held today at Chaklala.

According to a press release by the ISPR, the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and a large number of high ranking serving and retired officers attended the service.

The army recovered all 12 bodies from the debris of the helicopter which crashed on Thursday, Aaj News reported.

The dead had been identified as Major Humayun, Major Muzammil, Major Dr Shehzad, Major Dr Atif, Major Dr Usman, Muneer Abbasi, Naik Amir, Naik OT Maqbool, Sepoy Rahmatullah, Sepoy Waqar and assistant nurse Amanullah.

A Pakistani military helicopter being used as an air ambulance crashed near the northern district of Mansehra on Thursday, and the 12 people on board were feared dead, military officials said.

Two security officials said there appeared to be no link to militant activity. The helicopter was flying from the city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, to the northern area of Gilgit, which has been hit by floods.

“There were 12 people on board, all military men. There were doctors, paramedic and aviation people in the chopper,” a senior military official said. He said the helicopter crashed over the mountains in the Mohar area of northern Mansehra district.