Pakistan plane crash : All 47 on board killed


All 47 people on board the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight that crashed near Abbottabad were killed, the airline said.
A pilot made a mayday call, saying he had lost control of one of the two engines, according to Azam Saigol, PIA’s chairman.
“We were confident that the plane could land with one working engine,” Saigol said. “This is a tragedy. We are not absolving ourselves of any connection to this incident.”
According to Saigol, it’s “highly unlikely that this was a terrorist attack.” He added that the bodies of the victims would be transferred to hospitals in Islamabad at 12:30 p.m. local time.

The airline said Flight PK-661 was carrying 42 passengers and five crew members when it lost contact with a control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad. It crashed into the mountains near Abbottabad and Havelian.
Two infants were among the passengers, according to a passenger manifest provided to CNN by Pakistan International Airlines.
Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority said 46 of the 47 bodies have been recovered.

Original article :

Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 carrying 40 passengers has lost contact with a control tower, the airline said in a statement Wednesday.

“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.
“All resources are being mobilized to locate the aircraft. Media will be kept informed as situation develops.”
Source : CNN