A Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday, Radio Pakistan reported.

Chitral airport sources confirm singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, his family, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich were on board the flight and are feared to be among the casualties. There were at least three foreigners on board the plane.

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

The ATR reportedly crashed at the Patola village near Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Havelian.

Global aviation watchdog Aviation Herald said that PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad due to engine problems.

District Police Officer Abbottabad relayed reports of a plane crashing near Havelian to DawnNews.

The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, Press Information Department said…see more

source: dawn