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Pakistani villager faces action over plane crash ‘hoax call’

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A call to the emergency services Rescue 1122 about a plane crash near Kallar Syedan in Rawalpindi on Wednesday night led to a frantic search for the plane’s debris and causing losses to the rescue service’s resources and vehicles.

The police team led by Kallar Syedan Station House Officer Inspector Khyzir Hayat could not find any debris from the crash in the Guff village, according to a report in Dawn, a leading Pakistani English daily.

Now the police have registered a case against a villager who made the hoax call at 7:54 pm. By around 10:14pm emergency services confirmed that they did not find any part of a plane.

Aviation sources also ruled out that there was any plane crash.

The Rescue 1122 station coordinator Haris Farooq then filed a complaint about the call.

According to the official, fire-fighting vehicles, ambulances and rescue officials were sent to the village. Instead of a plane crash, they found that a bushfire had broken out.

Farooq alleged the hoax call caused losses to the rescue service’s resources and damaged its vehicles.

The suspect identified in the FIR has not yet been arrested.