A PAKISTAN International Airlines flight crashed Wednesday, December 7, near Abbottabad, officials said.
The airline said the PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft was carrying about 40 people when it lost contact with a control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad.
Pop star turned preacher Junaid Jamshed was among those on board flight PK-661, his manager Arsalan Khan told CNN.
Jamshed soared to fame in the 1980s with his band Vital Signs, one of the most iconic pop bands in Pakistan.
After a successful career as a solo singer in the 1990s, Jamshed decided to become a religious cleric.
His last tweet, posted Sunday, showed pictures of “Heaven on Earth” in Chitral — the city where the plane took off.
Authorities have not given a number of casualties.
The ATR-42, a twin-engine propeller plane, is a workhorse of short-haul flying. The aircraft’s manufacturer, ATR, is a joint venture between Airbus Group and Italy’s Leonardo.
Wednesday’s crash is the first fatal airliner accident in Pakistan since 2012 when a Bhoja Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed in bad weather while on approach to Islamabad.
— Dec 7, 2016 @ 15:58 GMT