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Junaid Jamshed among 47 dead in PIA plane crash near Havelian

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) jet heading to Islamabad from Chitral has crashed near Havelian, Abbottabad, moments after it disappeared from radar, ARY News reported.

PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661 was scheduled to reach Islamabad but it lost contact with control tower. Captain Saleh Hayat was operating the flight. There were 42 passengers and five crew members aboard the ill-fated craft which included renowned religious personality Junaid Jamshed and his wife.


In pictures: Final moments before the plane met tragic fate


Civil Aviation Authority and PIA spokesperson confirmed that all 47 aboard the aircraft are dead and there are no survivors.

 

 

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The airline had activated its emergency response centre soon after craft disappeared from the radar.

PIA’s emergency response centre can be accessed at following numbers 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.

Rescue teams of Pakistan Army soon reached the crash site and started the rescue operation. At least 40 dead bodies have been recovered from the debris.

“Rescue effort continues. 40 bodies recovered so far,” Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed FIA & NADRA teams to rush to the crash site, identify dead bodies to help in the initial investigation.

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The passenger list from the PIA website

 

Chairman PIA Azam Sehgal’s press conference

Later in a press conference, PIA Chairman Azam Sehgal also confirmed that none aboard PK-661 survived the crash.

Sehgal said the ATR-42 aircraft had undergone regular maintenance and had in October passed an “A-check” certification.

“I think that there was no technical error or human error ,” he said while assuring all that a proper investigation will follow.

 


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his deep grief and sorrow over over the loss of valuable lives in the crash. On the directions of PM following steps are being taken:

National Emergency Operation Centre is activated for coordination and National Disaster Management Authority can be contacted for help on this number 051-9205037

NDMA has advised Provincial Disaster Management Authority and District Administration to transfer all casualties to a single hospital for recognition and further transportation.

Ministry of Interior has placed its helicopters on the disposal of NDMA to evacuate dead bodies.

Chairman NADRA is being asked for mobile biometric teams for recognition purpose.

District administration has been taken on board through PDMA
Chairman NADRA has activated mobile biometric team to identify dead bodies.

Dead bodies are being transferred to Hospital Havelian And Ayub Medical college Tehsil Havelian

DC Abbottabad office confirmed that burnt bodies will be shifted to Ayub Medical Teaching Hospital Abbottabad. Contact number 0992 9310200


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Junaid Jamshed, who lost his life in the crash,  was seen with some of his fellows in Chitral on a tweet posted on December 4 on his official Twitter account. Jamshed retired from music in 2001 and announced that he was devoting his life to Islam, joining the Tableeghi Jamaat.

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People gather outside the house of Junaid Jamshed in Karachi on December 7, 2016, after his death in the plane crash. ─AFP

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A woman hugs a relative of Junaid Jamshed in Karachi on December 7, 2016, after his death in plane crash- AFP

 

 

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Image from crash site

 

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An image from the crash site

 

Condolences pour in

 


 

Mysterious case of missing PIA jet

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The latest PIA jet crash incident reminds of another such horrific tragedy that occurred in 1989. This above photo shows ill fated AP-BBF at Karachi Airport. On August 25, 1989, AP-BBF vanished in Himalayan mountains.

The aircraft was operating early morning flight from Gilgit to Islamabad. The wreckage of this unlucky Fokker was never found. AP-BBF was carrying a total of 54 people including five crew members and 49 passengers.

 

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