- Title: No survivors likely in crash of Pakistani plane carrying about 40 people
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: GILGIT, PAKISTAN (FILE - MARCH, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) PAKISTANI FLAGS FLUTTERING VARIOUS OF ATR MODEL PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES PLANE STATIONARY ON TARMAC AT GILGIT AIRPORT (MUTE) PROPELLERS OF PLANE TURNING, MAN WALKING NOSE OF PLANE, COCKPIT, PROPELLERS TURNING VARIOUS OF PLANE TURNING AROUND AND TAXIING ON TARMAC PLANE SPEEDING UP ON RUNWAY ABOUT TO TAKE OFF
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 13:16
- Keywords: plane crash Pakistan airlines Islamabad Chitral
- Location: GILGIT, PAKISTAN
- City: GILGIT, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BVXLXJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
There are unlikely to be any survivors from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying about 40 people that crashed on Wednesday (December 7) in a mountainous northern region, a government official at the crash site said.
PIA said its plane lost contact with the control tower en route to the capital, Islamabad, from the northern region of Chitral.
The plane crashed in the Havelian area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 125 km (77 miles) north of Islamabad.
"All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered," Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in Havelian, told Reuters.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) put the number of people on board at 47 but Sohail Ahmed, a PIA official in Chitral, said there were 41 people on board, including four crew members.
Geo News and Dawn News TV stations, citing civil aviation sources, said the plane lost contact with the CAA at around 4.30 p.m. (1130 GMT).
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