ISLAMABAD:A Pakistan international Airlines plane crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from chitral to islamabad,killing all 47 pepole on board, aviation authorities said.
None of peeple on board aircraft survived the accident,
the Airline’s chariman said.”There are no survivors, no aone one has survived,” Muhammad Azam Saigal told a press conference late on Wedneday,about five hours after night pk661 from chitral to the capital islamabad crashed near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-pakhtunkhwa province.
Saigol said the ATR-42 aircraft had undergobe regular maintenance and had in October passed an” A-check” certification,conducted after every 500 hours of flight operations.
“I think that there was no technical error or human error.obviously there will be a proper investigation, ” he said.
Military said 36 bodies were retrieved from the debris of the plane and being Shifted to Ayub Medical Teaching Hospital,where a special cell has been set up. An aviation official said it was too early to say anything about the cause of the carsh,but it probably occureed due to engine failure.
The Isamabad bound fiight PK-661 took off at 3:30 pm from chitral and went missinf near Abbottabad before the pilots lost control over the aircraft and contact with control tower arounf 4.22 pm.A Thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area where the aircraft came down.
Former famous Pakistani singer Junaid Jamsged,gis wife Nahya, and Deputy Commissioner Osama Ahmed Waraich were also among the passengers on the ill fated plane.According to family memeber, Jamshed was in Chitral on a Preaching toue.31 mennine women and two infants were on board the fight, including at least three foreigners,according to local media reports,
Civil and military rescue teams were dispatched to the scene of the crash,. Five members of the crew were identified as pilot Saleh Janjua,co-pilot Ahmed Janjua,tranee pilot Aly Akram,and air hostesses Sadaf Farooq and Asma Adil.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain PTI Chairman Imran Khan expressed sorrow over the loss of precipous lives in tragic PIA plane crash.
“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 passenger lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago, “PIA spokesman Daniyal Gilani said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provinical government, said a statement.
pakistan’s last major air disaster was in 2015 when a Pakistani Military helicopter crashed in a remate northern valley, killing eight people including the Norwegian,philippine and Indonesian envoys and the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian envoys.
The 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.
Below are pictures the of crew member