Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 crashes near Abbottabad

A Pakistan International Airlines flight with up to 48 people including five crew members and a ground engineer on board crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities said.

The airline said the Flight PK-661 crashed at 1642 local time (1142 GMT) in Havelian, which is around 75 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

Pakistan International Airlines said its plane lost contact with the control tower en route to the capital, Islamabad, from the northern region of Chitral.

According to the flight manifest, the plane was carrying 31 men, nine women and two children.

According to witnesses “the aircraft has crashed in a mountainous area, and before it hit the ground it was on fire”.

Officials have said it is very unlikely that there will be survivors from the crash.

“PIA is doing everything possible to help the families of passengers and crew members,” the airline said in a statement.

“PIA is doing everything possible to help the families of passengers and crew members,” the airline said in a statement.

At least 21 bodies have so far been recovered from the site, military said.

Pakistan International Airlines operates scheduled services to 22 domestic destinations and 27 international destinations across Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America. It operates nearly 100 flights daily.

(REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

(REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

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