Pakistani plane crashes, 48 onboard


ISLAMABAD -- A Pakistani plane carrying 48 people crashed Wednesday (December 7) on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities said, AFP reported.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight PK661 crashed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the civil aviation authority told AFP.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

The military, which was part of rescue operations, has been retrieving bodies from the wreckage.

"The way the plane crashed and broke into pieces, there is no chance of any survival," Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota, a local legislator, told AFP.

Villagers were collecting body parts in shawls and on woven beds, he said, while police and rescue teams were searching the site with torches.

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