Pakistan International Airlines plane crashes with 47 on board

Baku, December 7, AZERTAC

A plane carrying 47 people, including one of Pakistan's most famous singers, has crashed on its approach to Islamabad from Chitral, a mountainous region popular with tourists, according to the Guardian.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said a small turboprop ATR-42 had lost contact with aircraft controllers shortly before police confirmed that an aircraft had crashed near the town of Havelian.

Havelian lies 30 miles north of the capital's airport and far away from the high peaks of the Hindu Kush mountain range in which Chitral is nestled.

The army said it had dispatched troops and helicopters to the scene, but an official told Reuters there were unlikely to be any survivors.

The government has vowed to privatise troubled PIA, the national carrier, which has been losing money.

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