PIA plane carrying 40 passengers crashes near Abbottabad

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan International Airlines aircraft with over 40 passengers on board has crashed near Havelian, the mountainous area near Abbottabad here on Wednesday evening.
The Islamabad bound flight PK-661 took off at 3:30 pm from Chitral and went missing near Abbottabad before the pilots lost control over the aircraft and contact with control tower around 4:22 pm . Eyewitnesses said the plane was seen going down in the mountains. Thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area.
Renowned religious scholar Junaid Jamshed, was also among the passengers on the ill-fated plane. He was in Chitral on a preaching tour.
Civil and military rescue teams have been dispatched to the area 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 (help me) call before disappearing from radar.
“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 passengers lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago,” PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said.
Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Ahmed Waraich was also on-board in the flight.
The sources said, locals saw a plane crashed at a village Bodla near Havelian, rescue teams have been sent to the spot.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Army troops and army helicopters have been mobilised to a site near Havelian.
DSP Havelian has confirmed PIA jet crashed hear Ordinance Factory.
Initial reports suggest, the accident occurred due to one of its engine ran out of power.
“PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago,” PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani tweeted. “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,” he added.

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