A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities confirmed.
Flight PK-661 with 47 passengers went missing near Abbottabad while it was on its way to Islamabad.
The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.
A PIA spokesperson told media that flight PK-661 had disappeared from the air control radar.
Captain Khalid Janjua is the pilot incharge of the flight.
Reportedly, Captain Janjua informed the traffic control of a mechanical issue in his last known conversation.
Spokesperson for the PIA said that an emergency response centre was activated and all resources possible were being mobilised to locate the aircraft.
Army copter has started a search operation while contingents have been moved for ground operation. Reportedly, singer Junaid Jamshed was onboard the flight as he was returning to Islamabad.