Scores die in a plane crash in Pakistan

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Pakistan International Airways (PIA) plane crashed north of the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, killing 48 on board, including former pop star Junaid Jamshed.

Flight PK661 was on a flight from the city of Chitral, in the northwestern region of the country, to Islamabad.

The plane lost contact with aircraft controllers while still en-route before police confirmed that an aircraft had crashed near the town of Havelian.

An arm official Taj Muhammad Khan told Reuters there were unlikely to be any survivors. “All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered,”

According to the military said 21 bodies had been recovered. Military troops and helicopters were dispatched to the area for a rescue mission.

A police official said recovery work was hampered by a fire at the crash site and the hilly terrain

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

Junaid Jamshed, a well-known Pakistani pop star in one of Pakistan’s first successful rock bands in the 1990s, but later became an evangelical Muslim cleric traveling across Pakistan and abroad preaching about Islam, was on board, according to Ahmed, the PIA official in Chitral.