A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday.
Chitral airport sources confirm singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, his family, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich were on board the flight and are feared to be among the casualties. There are 31 men, 9 women and 2 infants on board the flight, including at least three foreigners.
PIA's emergency response center can be contacted at 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.
A photo of the crash site. ─ DawnNews
The ATR reportedly crashed at the Patola village near Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Havelian, and eyewitnesses reported seeing a plane crash hear Havelian, according to district police officer Abbottabad.
Eyewitnesses said the damage on the ground is "substantial". There is a fire raging in the village where the aircraft crashed.
Global aviation watchdog Aviation Herald said that PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad due to engine problems.
The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, Press Information Department said.
Army troops and army helicopters have been mobilised to a site near Havelian, Inter-Services Public Relations said.
"PIA's ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago," PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani tweeted. "All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft."
urces are being mobilised to locate the aircraft."
A list of the passengers on board the flight. ─ DawnNews
Map showing the route of the plane, as well as the crash area.
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