Renowned preacher Junaid Jamshed and his family died in a plane crash near Havelian city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday. The singer turned entrepreneur, along with his wife Nahya Junaid and their three children, was in Chitral for a Tablieeghi congregation.
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral. Five bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. The PIA Flight has been crashed near Havelain in Abbottabad District.
There were 31 men, 9 women and 2 infants on board the flight, including at least three foreigners. Singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed was also on the flight, along with his family.
The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm but crashed in Havelian near Abbottabad on mountainous terrain shortly after a distress call was sent to the control tower.
According to military’s media wing ISPR, army troops and helicopters have been dispatched to the crash site for rescue efforts.
“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago. All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft. Media will be kept informed as situation develops,” PIA spokesperson Danial Gilani said in a statement.
“PIA’s emergency response center has been activated and can be accessed at following phone numbers for updates: 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394,” he added.