Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday at 4:42pm PST. The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed there are no survivors from the ill-fated flight.
PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani confirmed there were 48 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer on board.
The passenger list confirmed there were 31 men, 9 women and 2 infants on board the flight, including singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed and his family, as well as three foreigners.
PIA Chairman Azam Saigal, addressing a press conference on Wednesday evening, confirmed that all onboard have been killed in the crash.
He said the ill-fated ATR-42 aircraft went through a detailed inspection in October. Saigal further added that the plane was fit to fly but that it was unclear what caused the crash.
“Investigations will establish the cause of the incident and why the plane was unable to fly on the remaining engine,” said the PIA chairman.
“Almost 17 different agencies conduct the safety audit of PIA’s aircraft,” he added.
Referring to the pilot’s experience, Saigal said the pilot had a flying experience of more than 12,000 hours.
Saigal said the pilot of plane told the control tower 4:09 p.m. that an engine had developed a technical fault and moments later he made a “mayday call,” shortly before the plane disappeared.
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