Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 crashed with 47 people, including five crew members and 42 passengers, on board into a mountain near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The plane crashed on 7 December 2016 en route from Chitral to the capital, Islamabad.
Junaid Jamshed, a well-known Pakistani pop star turned evangelical Muslim cleric, is among those dead. Jamshed was one of Pakistan’s first and most successful rock and pop bands of the 1990s. After abandoning his musical career in 2001, he became a travelling evangelist with the conservative Tableeghi Jamaat group.
The dead also included three foreigners, two Austrians and a Chinese man, as well as a member of Chitral's traditional royal family and his wife.
As per chairman of the airlines, recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site.
As per reports, captain of the Pakistani flight that crashed reported losing power in one engine minutes before its plane lost contact with the control tower.