A plane carrying up to 47 passengers has crashed near Abottabad, after losing contact with air traffic controllers in the afternoon of today, Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
The Islamabad-bound Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) passenger plane PK 116 departed from the northern city of Chitral.
The national flag carrier issued a statement confirming that the plane had lost contact with air traffic controllers prior to the crash in a mountainous area in the northern region near the town of Havelian.
There are unlikely to be any survivors from the crash as the aircraft was on fire before it hit the ground, a government official, Taj Muhammad Khan, in the Havelian region confirmed.
“All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered,” Khan said.
The Pakistani pop star turned evangelical cleric Junaid Jamshed was on the plane when it crashed, local media reports.
A senior police official in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Laiq Shah, disclosed that Ground rescue teams were en route to the crash site.
Corroborating the report, PIA spokesman Daniyal Gilani tweeted:
A PIA aircraft has lost contact with control tower. Plz see statement below. pic.twitter.com/AVcNXFL6E2
— Danyal Gilani (@Danyal_Gilani) December 7, 2016
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