Pakistan plane carrying 47 on board crashes

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Bhubaneswar: A Pakistan domestic airline carrying 47 people crashed on Wednesday near the town of Havelian in Abottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, country’s civil aviation authority informed.

A statement from the aviation authority said the PK-661 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight lost its contact while en route from Chitral to Islamabad. Plane operators declared emergency just after its ATR-42 engine developed problems and shortly after that it lost contact.

The plane has crashed and has caught fire; sources quoted a local senior police official. Police and rescue officials are on their way. Locals heard a loud explosion and informed us, he said.

Meanwhile details of casualties are yet to be ascertained as the control tower has lost contacts with the plane operators.

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