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Two killed in Pakistan air force plane crash: officials

A Pakistani labourer pushes a wheelbarrow loaded with vegetables at a fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad on June 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI

KARACHI: A Pakistan air force fighter plane crashed at a bus terminal on the outskirts of Karachi Tuesday, killing at least two people and injuring eight, officials said.

The incident happened in the Baldia Town district just west of Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city and commercial hub.

"At least two people have died, one of them was the pilot of the aircraft," Sajid Sadozai, a senior police official, told AFP, adding the death toll may rise.

He said two buses parked at the terminal were destroyed while another was damaged.

TV footage showed plumes of black smoke rising from the site as rescue teams rushed in.

An air force spokesman confirmed the crash and death of a pilot but could not give a cause for the incident.

The plane was described as a small fighter jet but its type is not yet known.

Pakistan air force jets frequently crash during training missions, with officials blaming technical faults.

 

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