A domestic flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) with at least 40 passengers an crew on board crashed on Wednesday en route to Islamabad from the northern city of Chitral, a local official said.
Laiq Shah, a senior police official in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said flight PK 661 crashed near the town of Havelian, Abbottabad.
Airline spokesman Danyal Gilani earlier said the plane had “disappeared.
A PIA aircraft has lost contact with control tower. Plz see statement below. pic.twitter.com/AVcNXFL6E2
— Danyal Gilani (@Danyal_Gilani) December 7, 2016
Civil aviation officials said there were 47 passengers and crew on board. There were unlikely to be any survivors, a government official on the scene said. “All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered,” Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, told Reuters.