Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK661 carrying 42 passengers and five crew members which was en route to Islamabad from the northern city of Chitral crashed near Havelian, Abbottabad on Wednesday 7th December 2016.
Flight PK661 had departed from Chitral at 3.30 and has crashed, the civil aviation authority confirmed. An earlier airline statement said the ATR-42 turboprop aircraft had lost contact.
According to Civil Aviation Authority’s spokesman, the flight PK661 was on its way from Chitral to Islamabad when it lost connection with the control tower at 4:20pm today.
Junaid Jamshed with Wife also on-board
Revealing about the missing flight, the CAA spokesman said the plane was scheduled to land at Islamabad airport; hence, the information is being gathered if the plane was crashed.
It should be mentioned here that the flight left at 2pm from Peshawar to Chitral and then flew from Chitral for Islamabad.
According to the passengers list Naat Khawan Junaid Jamshed, wife, as well as DC Chitral and his wife were also on-board the ill-fated plane. Two German researchers were also on the flight.
Heaven on Earth Chitral.
With my friends in the Path of Allah . Snowpacked Tirchmir right behind us pic.twitter.com/ZajcWEKlrG
— Junaid Jamshed (@JunaidJamshedPK) December 4, 2016
“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad,” PIA spokesperson Danial Gilani said in a statement. “All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft.”
“PIA’s emergency response center has been activated and can be accessed at following phone numbers for updates: 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394,” Gilani added.
DPO Abbottabad confirmed the aircraft crashed near Havelian between Majab and Piplian.
Meanwhile, military’s media wing ISPR said the Pakistan Army dispatched troops and helicopters to the crash site for rescue efforts.
The prime minister has also directed all authorities “to immediately reach the site and start rescue and relief operations”, said a statement.
Source: Express Tribune