A domestic flight of Pakistan International Airlines crashed in a mountain on Wednesday after pilots reported one of its engines failed, killing all 48 people on board, the airline said.
Flight PK661 was flying from Chitral, a remote area in the far northwest of the country, to the capital Islamabad, a regular passenger route, according to the the Wall Street Journal.
Among the passengers was a well-known Pakistani pop star-turned-preacher.
There were also two Austrians and one Chinese on board, the newspaper said, citing a statement from the national carrier.
PIA chairman Azam Saigol said the flight crew had told the control tower that one of the aircraft’s two engines had failed, and moments later, gave a mayday call.
Then, within a few minutes, the plane disappeared from the radar screen, Saigol said.
He said the plane was “a very sound aircraft”, having undergone a periodic thorough examination in Pctober.
He said after the pilots reported the engine failure, the airline was still confident that the plane could continue and land safely, as it only needed one engine to fly.
“We are very perplexed,” Saigol was quoted as saying.
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