–Aircraft was spraying pesticide for locusts in northeast
ISLAMABAD: A small aircraft on Sunday crashed in northeastern Pakistan killing two people including the pilot, an official said.
The aircraft crashed near Sadiqabad area of Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province while it was spraying pesticides for locusts, Hassan Iqbal, a local police officer, told Anadolu Agency by phone.
Two people including a pilot and an engineer of the Plant Protection Department were killed in the incident, he added.
The crash apparently happened due to technical fault, he said.
Swarms of locusts have headed to Pakistan in the last few months wreaking havoc to crops.
In 2019, widespread heavy rainfall during March and April in Balochistan created ideal ecological conditions for a rapid increase in the number of locusts.
In anticipation of the outbreak, the Punjab government had directed officials to thwart a possible attack by conducting large-scale aerial and land spraying of pesticide.
However, in November 2019, reports surfaced that one of the reasons why the pests had not been eliminated was because the department responsible for the task, the Directorate of Locusts Control, Islamabad, was stocking expired pesticide.