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18 January 2018


PIA’s plane with 47 people on-board crashes - Updated

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A PIA plane with 47 people on-board crashed near Havelian city of Abbottabad district on Wednesday.

The ATR plane PK-116 with 42 passengers five crew members went missing near Abbottabad while it was on its way to Islamabad.

The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

A PIA official issued a statement in Twitter that the aircraft lost its contact with the Control Tower

Thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area, according to eyewitnesses.

Civil and military rescue teams have been dispatched to the mountainous region to find the whereabouts of the aircraft which was being flown by Captain Saleh Janjua and co-pilot Ahmed Janjua. The pilots gave a Mayday call before disappearing.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the accident but a recording suggests engine failure as the reason behind the crash.

*** 16:12 A Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 'went missing' on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday.

There are more than 40 passengers on board the plane, according to media reports.

The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

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2016.12.07 / 16:36
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