Official: Pakistan air force planes collide in midair

File photo of a Pakistani Air Force jet from March 20, 2005.

Story highlights

  • Planes collide during a routine exercise
  • Falling wreckage hits a village below

Two Pakistani Air Force planes collided in midair Thursday, killing the pilots and injuring people on the ground, according to local police.

The crash occurred during a routine flying exercise near an air force base in the country's northwest, said police spokesman Mohammad Hussain.

Each plane was carrying two pilots. All four died, Hussain said.

Debris from the collision fell on the village of Rakashai, inflicting serious injuries on 11 residents, and triggered a fire, he said.

Two children were among the injured.

      CNN recommends

    • pkg clancy north korea nuclear dreams_00002004.jpg

      North Korea nuclear dream video

      As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
    • Photos: Faces of the world

      Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
    • pkg rivers uk football match fixing_00005026.jpg

      How to fix a soccer match

      Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
    • No Eiffel Towers, Statues of Liberties, Mt. Rushmores, Taj Mahals, Aussie koalas or Chairman Maos.

      15 biggest souvenir-buying no-no's

      It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.