Plane carrying 40 passengers crashes in Pakistan, officials say

Posted at 8:17 AM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 08:17:40-05

Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 carrying 40 passengers has crashed after losing contact with a control tower, officials said Wednesday.

“The plane had crashed on the border of Abbottabad and Haripur,” Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial spokesman Mushaq Ghani said.

The flight lost contact with a control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad.

“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 (Pakistan) to Islamabad a short while ago,” the statement said.

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.