PK-661, a small ATR aircraft operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has crashed near Havelian in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. According to PIA, 47 people were on board including 5 crew members. Earlier, the aircraft went missing from the radar, later locals reported the crash in Karpal village near Havelian.
PIA’s emergency response center can be contacted at 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.
Statement by PIA:
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 a short while ago. 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.
According to GEO News, pop singer turned religious scholar, Junaid Jamshed, was also on board along with his wife.
5: 22 PM:
DC Chitral Osama Waraich was also on board with his family.
List of on-board passengers has been issued by PIA.
Images of the site where PK-661 crashed
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Jumma Khan, an eyewitness of the incident, speaks to Dawn News:
“The bodies we have taken out are not intact. They are beyond recognition. We cannot tell women from men… they are just legs and arms.”
According to a PIA official, the black box has been recovered by Pakistan Army.
Images of crew members released by PIA.
Chairman PIA will appear in a press conference at 11:00 PM PST.