PIA plane with 47 aboard crashes near Abbottabad


A Pakistan International Airlines plane with 47 people on board has crashed near a hilly area near the garrison town of Abbottabad while it was on its way to the capital, media reports said.

The ATR plane PK-661 with 47 people, according to PTI, crashed near Havelian while en route to Islamabad from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The national carrier’s flight departed from Chitral at 3:30 PM (local time) and disappeared from the air control radar soon after take off, the Express Tribune reported.

According to military’s media wing, army troops and helicopters have been dispatched to the crash site for rescue efforts.

A PIA spokesperson told media that flight PK-661 had disappeared from the air control radar, reported Pakistan Today website.

Among those travelling in the plane was also a popular singer-turned-preacher, Junaid Jamshed. Jamshed had shot to fame with his popular number Saanvli Sanoli song.

According to reports, Jamshed’s seat number was 27C. Tributes have begun pouring in on social media by his friends and journalists on Jamshed’s death. Jamshed had given up pop singing and turned to entrepreneurship by launching a high-end garment brand. He was also active in preaching Islam.



Jamshed, who had close to half a million followers on Twitter had last tweeted on 4 December from Chitral.

His tweet read, “Heaven on Earth Chitral.
With my friends in the Path of Allah . Snowpacked Tirchmir right behind us”

“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.”