An aircraft was crashed in Bandhi area of Sadiqabad district
An aircraft engaged in an aerial spray to get rid of swarms of locust, was crashed in Bandhi area of Sadiqabad district leaving two pilots on board dead, on Sunday.

The aircraft was crashed at Chak No 215 near Sadiqabad due to a technical fault resulting in death of both the pilots on board the plane.

The Assistant Commissioner Sadiqabad rushed to the spot of the plane crash with rescue teams and heavy contingents of police. The police cordoned off the spot of the plane crash.

According to sources, a technical fault developed in the aircraft during the aerial spray and the plane crashed to the ground leaving both the pilots martyred in the incident on the spot.

The two martyrs have been identified as pilot Muhammad Shoaib and engineer of the Plant Protection Department Fawad Butt.

The district administration of Sadiqabad had called the aircraft from the government of Punjab for anti-locust spray in the region.

The Plant Protection Department of the federal government had provided the aircraft to the provincial government for use in aerial spray in anti-locust operations in the province.

Swarms of locusts have eat up green plants and shrubs in Cholistan region of Punjab and several parts of Sindh damaging standing crops and fruit orchards.

Several swarms of locusts descended in the areas in Sindh past year and eat up standing cotton crop, vegetables and fodder for cattle.

Originally Posted on SuchTv

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