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A plane of the Pakistan’s national carrier crashed on December 7 after departure of the country’s north with about 40 people on board, the Associated Press Associated Press reports and cites a spokesman of the company and police. Senior police officer Khurram Rasheed, said the plane crashed in a village near the town of Havelian.
The village is located about 75 km or 45 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad. Flight PK-661 “lost contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad, the airline stated in a statement, as BBCNews.comBBCNews.com says. The army had recovered at least 21 bodies.
On board were more than 40 people. The national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has been accused of safety failures in the past, BBCNews.com writes. State-run Pakistan Television showed a huge fire rising from the site of the crash. Pakistani Dawn.com writes that, “Global aviation watchdog Aviation Herald said that PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad due to engine problems.”
TV reports, Dawn.com writes, point toward a fault in the left engine, and ascribe “blame to a technical fault in the aircraft.” But, PIA did not verify those claims. Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed and his wife were on the flight’s passenger list, as leading news channel GEO TV said, BBCNews.com explains.