Nearly 50 killed after Pakistan plane crashes near Abbottabad
Radio Pakistan reported that the plane crashed near Havelian, Abbottabad district in Pakistan.
A Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane operating between Chitral and Islamabad has gone missing on its flight to Islamabad on Wednesday.
PIA passenger flight PK-661 with nearly 47 passengers on broad went missing from the radar near Havelian. Radio Pakistan reported that the plane crashed near Havelian, Abbottabad district in Pakistan.
Chitral airport sources confirmed that Pakistani singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, his family, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich were on board the flight.
The plane took off from Chitral, Pakistan around 3:00 PM and was scheduled to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International airport at around 4.40 pm. But communication with the control tower was broken around 4:30 pm, shortly before it was about to arrive at its destination.
Global aviation watchdog Aviation Herald said that PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad due to engine problems.
According to a Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson, search for the missing plane is underway.
General Manager Public Affairs and Spokesman Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Danya Gilani tweeted that aircraft has lost contact with the control tower.
A PIA aircraft has lost contact with control tower. Plz see statement below. pic.twitter.com/AVcNXFL6E2
— Danyal Gilani (@Danyal_Gilani) December 7, 2016