Pakistani soldiers killed in chopper crash

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Four Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash in the country's northern region bordering China.

The helicopter crashed in Gilgit-Baltistan region for "technical reasons", the military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement on Sunday.

The crew was transporting the body of a soldier who died after getting trapped in an avalanche when the helicopter crashed, the statement said.

There have been several accidents this year in which an aircraft of the army has crashed during a training mission or otherwise.

In March, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter aircraft crashed in the capital, killing the pilot on board during rehearsals for the March 23 annual parade that was later postponed due to coronavirus lockdowns.

In April, this year, two pilots were killed when their army aircraft crashed in the north-eastern province of Punjab.

In February, a Mirage aircraft on a routine training mission crashed near the town of Shorkot in Punjab province.