Update: 21 missing bodies have been recovered. Rescue operation underway.
Islamabad: A Pakistan International Airlines flight carrying at least 47 people crashed en route to Islamabad from the northern city of Chitral on Wednesday.
Pakistani media reported that famous singer Junaid Jamshed and his wife were in the flight and are feared dead.
Eyewitnesses said any survivors are unlikely. Many bodies are burned beyond recognition.
The national flag carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661 had lost contact with air traffic controllers this afternoon while it was in the mountainous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The aircraft was carrying “around 40 people”, the airline said in a statement, but the civil aviation authority said 47 people were on board. It is not clear if there were any casualties.
Laiq Shah, a senior police official in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, told Reuters by telephone that the plane had crashed in that region, near the town of Havelian.
“Rescue teams are reaching the scene of the crash, and then we will know more,” Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George told.
Geo News and Dawn News TV stations, citing civil aviation sources, said the plane lost contact with civil aviation authority at around 4.30 pm.