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PIA flight PK-661 crashes on Chitral-Islamabad route

A Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday, Radio Pakistan reported.

There are more than 40 passengers on board the plane. Singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed was allegedly on board the plane, according to media reports.

Army troops and army helicopters have been mobilised to a site near Havelian, Inter-Services Public Relations said.

District Police Officer Abbottabad also relayed reports of a plane crashing near Havelian to DawnNews.

The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

“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.”

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