In yet another air accident, a Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 flying from Chitral to Islamabad carrying over 40 passengers crashed near the city of Abbottabad in the country’s north on Wednesday.
A government official on the scene told Reuters that there are unlikely to be any survivors. PIA said its plane lost contact with the control tower en route to the capital, Islamabad. The plane crashed in the Havelian area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 125 km 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.
Khan, who was at the site of the crash, said that the witnesses have said that the plane caught fire before hitting the ground. However, the latest images that emerge out shows a trail of wreckage engulfed in flames on a mountain slope. There is also no official confirmation regarding the number of passengers travelling in the plane.
The Pakistan Army sent a helicopter and troops to trace the plane. The civil administration also sent rescue teams to trace the wreckage, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.