Pakistani Plane Crashes with 47 Passengers on Board

Pakistan Plane Crash
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane arrives at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2, 2015. (REUTERS)

A Pakistani plane carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities said.

According to a report by IFP, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight PK661 crashed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the civil aviation authority said.

An earlier airline statement said the ATR-42 turboprop aircraft had lost contact en route from Chitral.

“A plane has crashed and locals told us that it is on fire,” Saeed Wazir, a senior local police official, told AFP.

“Police and rescue officials are on the way but have not yet reached on site.”

The plane came down near the town of Havelian in Abbottabad district in the province.

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