A PIA airplane carrying 47 people has crashed while enroute from Chitral to Islamabad. The ATR 42-500 lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly before it was found near the town of Havelian, around 50 km north of the capital’s airport. One of the passengers onboard was Junaid Jamshed, a famous former Pakistani celebrity.
The military has dispatched troops and helicopters to help at the location, but has said that it is unlikely that there will be any survivors. Most of the bodies are burned beyond recognition and the aircraft debris is spread across the mountain slope. Emergency vehicles are unable to access the location directly and a fire burst out at the location disturbing the search for survivors.
The country’s national airline is already suffering financial problems and the government has already attempted to get it privatized several times now.
The deadliest crash on Pakistani soil was in 2010 when an Airblue A321 from Karachi crashed on approach to Islamabad.