Pakistan International Airways plane crash: All 48 on board, including Junaid Jamshed killed
The aircraft crashed and burst into flames in a hilly area near Pakistan's Abbottabad after facing engine problems, reports say.
All 48 people on board the Pakistan International Airlines flight, including pop singer-turned-Islamic preacher Junaid Jamsed and three foreigners, that crashed near Abbottabad were killed, the airline said.
According to reports, the aircraft crashed and burst into flames in a hilly area near Pakistan's Abbottabad after facing engine problems. The helicopters will be used to shift the victims' remains to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad and the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane PK-661 with 48 people, including Jamshed, his wife and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich, on board crashed in Saddha Batolni village near Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Havelian, while en route to Islamabad from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Confirming that there are no survivors from the flight, the Civil Aviation Authority said:"So far, forty-six bodies have been recovered from the wreckage."
It has been reported tha tMuhammad Abbas, a hospital official at Ayub Medical Complex in the northern garrison town of Abbottabad said, “The dead bodies will be taken to Islamabad in helicopters ... for DNA testing and identification.” Three helicopters provided by the army will assist with the operation, the Inter-Services Public Relations told media.
PIA Chairman Azam Saigal, addressing a press conference this evening, also confirmed that all onboard have been killed in the crash.
The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30 PM and was expected to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40 PM.
A PIA spokesman confirmed that the pilot of the ill-fated plane had given a 'mayday' distress call to traffic control before it went off the radar and crashed near the garrison town of Abbottabad.
Spokesman Gilani said there were 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer on board. The plane manifest showed there were 31 men, 9 women and 2 infants on board the flight, including three foreigners. A senior aviation official said the aircraft suffered engine problems.
Speaking to reporters at the Islamabad airport, Secretary Aviation Irfan Ilahi confirmed that the ATR-42 turboprob plane suffered engine problems.