Pop star among plane crash victims

Posted by News Express | 7 December 2016 | 3,062 times

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All 48 people on board the Pakistan International Airlines flight that crashed near Abbottabad were killed, the National Disaster Management Authority said.

A pilot made a mayday call, saying he had lost control of one of the two engines, the airline’s chairman said.

But “we were confident that the plane could land with one working engine,” PIA Chairman Azam Saigol said.

At least 43 bodies have been recovered from the site of a plane crash Wednesday near Abbottabad, Pakistan, police said.

A total of 48 people were on board, according to Pakistan International Airlines.

The airline said Flight PK-661 was carrying 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer when it lost contact with a control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad.

Searchers have recovered the black box from the plane, Pakistan’s military said. But the cause of the crash remains unclear.

Pop star-turned-religious artist Junaid Jamshed was among those on board, his manager, Arsalan Khan, told CNN.

Jamshed soared to fame in the 1980s with Vital Signs, one of the most iconic pop bands in Pakistan.

After a successful career as a solo singer in the 1990s, Jamshed gave up pop stardom to focus on religious music, or nasheeds.

His last tweet, posted Sunday, showed pictures of “Heaven on Earth” in Chitral, the northern Pakistan city where the plane took off.

The aircraft was an ATR-42 twin-engine propeller plane. The aircraft’s manufacturer, ATR, is a joint venture between Airbus Group and Italy’s Leonardo.

Pakistan, with about 190 million people, has thriving domestic air operations connecting points across the country.

But it has a checkered air safety history and suffered three fatal commercial air crashes in 2010 that claimed 185 lives, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

Wednesday’s crash is the first major airliner accident in Pakistan since 2012 when a Bhoja Air Boeing 737-200 crashed in bad weather while on approach to Islamabad.

•Photo shows late Pakistani pop star Junaid Jamshed.

Source: News Express

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