• Flight: Pakistan International Airlines (PK) 661
• Location: Near Havelian, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (map)
• Time/Date: Approximately 1622 Dec. 7
• Fatalities (Injuries): 47 (0)
Authorities report that there are likely to be no survivors from Pakistan International Airlines (PK) Flight 661, which crashed near Havelian, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, the afternoon of Dec. 7. Recovery efforts at the site are ongoing and several burned bodies have been found. The debris is scattered across a large area and investigations are being hampered by nightfall and cold weather; troops have been mobilized to assist in the operation.
Flight 661 departed Chitral Airport (CJL) at 1530 en route for Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB) in Islamabad. Air traffic controllers received a distress call from the aircraft around 1620, but lost contact several minutes later. Witnesses said that the aircraft was on fire before it crashed into a mountainous area. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
There are conflicting reports as to the number of people on board the aircraft. The Civil Aviation Authority said that 47 people were on board, while a Pakistan International Airlines spokesperson placed the number at 48. The passenger manifest showed that three foreign nationals were on the plane, though details about their nationality were not revealed.