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PK-661 Crashes in Havelian with 47 People on board

PK-661, a small ATR aircraft operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has crashed near Havelian in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. According to PIA, 47 people were on board including 5 crew members. Earlier, the aircraft went missing from the radar, later locals reported the crash in Karpal village near Havelian.

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Pictures of deceased passengers and crew were displayed at candlelight vigil in memory of crashed PK-661 flight.

PK-661, a small ATR aircraft operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has crashed near Havelian in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. According to PIA, 47 people were on board including 5 crew members. Earlier, the aircraft went missing from the radar, later locals reported the crash in Karpal village near Havelian.

Updates:

PIA’s emergency response center can be contacted at 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.

 

5:27 PM:

Statement by PIA:

We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago. All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft. PIA’s emergency response center has been activated and can be accessed at following phone numbers for updates: 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.

5:15 PM:

According to GEO News, pop singer turned religious scholar, Junaid Jamshed, was also on board along with his wife.

5: 22 PM:

DC Chitral Osama Waraich was also on board with his family.

6:04 PM:

List of on-board passengers has been issued by PIA.

6:22 PM:

Images of the site where PK-661 crashed

6:31 PM

Jumma Khan, an eyewitness of the incident, speaks to Dawn News:

“The bodies we have taken out are not intact. They are beyond recognition. We cannot tell women from men… they are just legs and arms.”

9:15 PM:

According to a PIA official, the black box has been recovered by Pakistan Army.

9:55 PM:

Images of crew members released by PIA.

10:00 PM:

Chairman PIA will appear in a press conference at 11:00 PM PST.

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Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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