A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Chitral to Islamabad reportedly crashed near the city of Abbottabad in the country’s north.
There were 47 people on board the ATR plane. PIA spokesperson Daniyal Gilani earlier told the media that flight PK-661 had disappeared from air control radar while flying from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to Islamabad.
The flight PK-661 departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.
According to military’s media wing ISPR, army troops and helicopters have been dispatched to the crash site for rescue efforts.
“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. Media will be kept informed as situation develops,” PIA spokesperson Danial Gilani said in a statement.
Further, the DPO Abbottabad confirmed the aircraft crashed near Havelian between Majab and Piplian.
Eyewitnesses said they had seen a plane crash in a hilly area near Havelian, near the Ordinance factory. Clouds of smoke could be seen rising from the area of the reported crash.
Ground rescue teams had been sent to the area, sources said.
Earlier in October, a pilot of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was killed as his Mirage jet crashed near Karachi’s Musharraf Colony. According to Squadron leader Baqir Ali, PAF Mirage jetbearing tale number 921 took off from Masroor Base, before it crashed near Musharraf Colony. The pilot died on the spot, police officials stated.
PIA is a Karachi based airline which is the national flag carrier of Pakistan.
Its main hub is Karachi while Lahore and Islamabad serve as its secondary hubs.
This is a developing story, more details awaiting.