New information has emerged on the ill-fated Pakistani plane that went missing while in flight with many people on board.
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We reported earlier today
Now it has been confirmed that the Pakistan International Airlines plane which had 47 people on board has actually crashed in the mountainous north of the country.
The plane was en route to the capital, Islamabad, from the northern town of Chitral when the tragedy occurred.
According to The Guardian UK, officials revealed that the plane crashed in a village near the town of Havelian, about 45 miles north-west of Islamabad.
Another official, speaking from the scene, said there were unlikely to be any survivors.“All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered,” said Taj Muhammad Khan.
Khan said witnesses told him that the aircraft crashed in a mountainous area and was on fire before it hit the ground.
Pakistani media reported that Junaid Jamshed, a pop star turned evangelical preacher, was feared to have died in the crash. Civil aviation sources said contact with flight PK661 was lost at about 4.30pm local time (11.30am GMT).
Pakistan’s last major air disaster was in 2015 when a military helicopter crashed in a remote northern valley, killing eight people including the Norwegian, Philippine and Indonesian envoys and the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian envoys.
The country’s deadliest crash was in 2010, when an Airbus 321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into hills outside Islamabad while about to land, killing all 152 on board.
An official report blamed that accident on a confused captain and a hostile cockpit atmosphere.