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Plane with 47 aboard crashes in Pakistan

By Agencies

Plane with 47 aboard crashes in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - A passenger plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) with 47 people onboard crashed in the country's northwest Havelian area on Wednesday, officials said.

Danial Gilani, spokesperson of PIA said that the twin-engine ATR plane crashed while on the way to Rawalpindi city from northwest Chitral district. He said the plane took off at 3:38 pm local time (1038 GMT) and lost contact with control tower at 4:20 pm (1120 GMT).

A Chinese national was among the dead, the Chinese embassy confirmed.

There are unlikely to be any survivors, a government official said.

Apart from the Chinese national, two other foreigners were among the 47 people on board, local Urdu media reported.

The ill-fated plane was carrying 31 men, nine women, two kids and five crew members, the ARY News said.

State-run Pakistan Television showed a huge fire rising from the site of the crash. Villagers were seen standing near the site.

Khursheed Tanoli, deputy superintendent police at Havelian, said the plane crashed in remote hilly area, miles away from the residential areas, and caught fire following the accident.

More details about the incident are being collected by the country's civil aviation authority.

Plane with 47 aboard crashes in Pakistan
A Pakistani woman hugs a relative of Junaid Jamshed, a former Pakistani pop star turned evangelical Muslim, at his house in Karachi on December 7, 2016, after his death in plane crash. (RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP)


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