Plane crash near Islamabad kills all 48 on board
ABBOTTABAD | A plane belonging to Pakistan’s national carrier crashed and burst into flames on Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, the airline chairman and police said.
According to senior police officer Khurram Rasheed, the plane crashed in a village in the district of Abbottabad, 45 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad. The small twinpropeller aircraft was traveling from the city of Chitral to Islamabad when it crashed shortly after takeoff.
According to Daniyal Gilani, the spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the plane had lost touch with the control tower prior to the crash. He said the plane was carrying 42 passengers, five crew members and a ground engineer. Two Austrians and a Chinese citizen were among the dead, he said.
PIA has released names of passengers, who included Junaid Jamshed, a singer who became a well-known Islamic preacher.