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Update: 47 people on board Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 killed in crash

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The airline 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.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority said 46 of the 47 bodies have been recovered.

All 47 people on board Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 were killed. Pop star turned religious artist Junaid Jamshed was among those on board, his manager, Arsalan Khan, told CNN.

The airline’s chairman said the captain had 12,000 hours of flying experience and was also a flight trainer for the ATR-42 plane.

The ATR-42 that crashed was made in 2007 and had been flown for 18,740 hours, Saigol said.

 

An ATR-42, pictured in 2011, is a twin-engine propeller plane.

“The ATR plane was a sound airplane,” the chairman said. “We have 11 other ATRs. Every 500 hours, these planes are checked, and this plane had been last checked in October.”

Searchers have recovered the black box from the plane, Pakistan’s military said. But the cause of the crash remains unclear.

Saigol said international agencies will help investigate the cause of the crash.

Pakistan, with about 190 million people, has thriving domestic air operations. But it has a checkered air safety history and suffered three fatal commercial air crashes in 2010 that claimed 185 lives, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

Wednesday’s crash is the first major airliner accident in Pakistan since 2012 when a Bhoja Air Boeing 737-200 crashed in bad weather while on approach to Islamabad

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