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Pakistan Flight PK-661 with 48 on Board Crashes

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight with 48 people, including a renowned Islamic preacher, Junaid Jamshed and wife has crashed in the north of the country.

The Flight PK-661 was reported to have “lost contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad”, according to the airline.

A military statement confirmed that not less than 21 bodies have been recovered from the crash site in the Havelian area – about 70km (43 miles) north of Islamabad.

BBC reported that there were 42 passengers, out of which were five crew members and one ground engineer, according to the airline.

The plane took off from Chitral at about 10:00GMT (15:00 local time), losing contact 90 minutes later, shortly before it was due to arrive at its destination.

Pakistani TV images showed a trail of wreckage engulfed in flames on a mountain slope.
Meanwhile, army has dispatched troops and helicopters to the location of the crash.

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