PK-661 aircraft from Chitral was scheduled to land at Islamabad airport at 05:30pm. Reportedly, air traffic control lost connection with the plane midway and the plane got crashed near Havelian city of Abbottabad district on Wednesday, 7th December, 2016.
The ATR plane, with 42 passengers and five crew members, reportedly crashed at the Patola village near Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Havelian, about 70km (43 miles) north of capital Islamabad.
Thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area, according to eyewitnesses. The passengers included 31 men, nine women, two infants, and at least three foreigners along with two air hostesses and three pilots.
Pop singer turned Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed, along with his family, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich are among the dead.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, Press Information Department said.
List of People Who are in he Plane
Past Years Incidents of Planes Happened in Pakistan:
- Pakistan has had a poor air safety track record in recent years. In 2012, a Bhoja Airline plane, a Boeing 737 carrying 121 passengers and six crew members, crashed near Islamabad just before touchdown.
- The worst aviation tragedy on Pakistani soil came in July 2010 when an Airbus 321 passenger jet operated by the private airline Airblue crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad. The flight was coming from Karachi.
- All 152 people on board were killed in the accident, which occurred amid heavy rain and poor visibility.
- Another deadly civilian plane crash involving a Pakistani jet occured in 1992 when a PIA Airbus A300 crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on its approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, killing 167 people.