2 Pak trainer aircraft crash over civilian area

Islamabad: Two trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed into a thickly populated area in the country`s northwest today, injuring several persons on the ground, police and residents said.

Residents of Rashkai area in Nowshera district said the aircraft collided before crashing and the fate of the pilots was not immediately known.

One of the aircraft plunged into a house and triggered a fire. Witnesses and television reporters said they had seen debris from the aircraft strewn over a large area.

Local residents took injured persons to a nearby hospital, police and witnesses said. The accident occurred close to the Pakistan Air Force Academy at Risalpur shortly after 10 am.