Taking to Twitter, the military’s media wing said that the aviation helicopter was on a flood relief operation in Lasbela, Balochistan when it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC).
“Six individuals were on board, including Commander 12 Corps who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan,” the tweet said, adding that a search operation is underway.
A Pakistan army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with… t.co/coJtFJjKJI
— ANI (@ANI) Aug 1, 2022
The helicopter reportedly departed from Uthal. It was carrying high ranked officers on board including Corp Commander Quetta Lt. General Sarfraz Ali.
The other passengers and crew in the helicopter include:
Major Saeed (Pilot)
Major Talha (Co-pilot)
Brigadier Amjad Hanif Satti
CC Engineer 12 Corps
Nk Mudasir (Helicopter Crew)
The chopper has reportedly been missing for the last five hours.
The civil authorities and the Pakistan Army are currently busy with relief programmes in the province as the heavy rain spell has wreaked havoc there, claiming 147 lives.
Earlier on Monday, Pakistan Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif visited several flood-hit areas of Balochistan such as Qilla Saifullah, Chaman, and Quetta to meet residents.
(This story is being updated as more details follow)