Pakistan Flight Carrying 47 People Crashes

Islamabad, – A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, Pakistan’s Geo News reported.

According to a spokesperson for the Commissioner’s office in Hazara Division, 42 bodies have been recovered from the plane’s wreckage, which had scattered over a several kilometres. The Inter-Services Public Relations said around 500 army personnel were taking part in the operation to recover the bodies and any survivors, but witnesses on the crash site said there were unlikely to be any survivors.

According Civil Aviation Authority officials, the ATR-42 turboprop plane with 47 passengers went missing from the radar near the town of Havelian in Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while it was on its way to Islamabad.

The plane took off from Chitral around 3:50PM and Pakistan International Airlines said the plane crashed at 16:42 local time (1142 GMT) in the Havelian area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 125 km north of Islamabad.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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