Plane crashes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES in Is­lam­abad

A Pak­istani air­liner car­ry­ing 47 peo­ple goes down on its way from a moun­tain­ous north­ern city to Is­lam­abad.

A Pak­istani plane car­ry­ing 40 pas­sen­gers and seven crew mem­bers crashed on Wed­nes­day af­ter take­off from the moun­tain­ous north­ern city of Chi­tral to Is­lam­abad, avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties said.

Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines Flight PK661 crashed in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince, of­fi­cials said.

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

“Po­lice and res­cue of­fi­cials are on the way but have yet not reached the site,” said Saeed Wazir, a se­nior lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cial.

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

State-run Pak­istan Tele­vi­sion showed a huge fire ris­ing from the site of the crash

Pak­istan’s last ma­jor air dis­as­ter was in 2015 when a Pak­istani mil­i­tary he­li­copter crashed in a re­mote north­ern val­ley, killing eight peo­ple.

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.

The ac­ci­dent was blamed on a con­fused cap­tain and a hos­tile cock­pit at­mos­phere in an of­fi­cial re­port.

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