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PIA's Islamabad-bound plane with 47 people on-board crashes near Havelian

04:50 PM | 7 Dec, 2016
PIA's Islamabad-bound plane with 47 people on-board crashes near Havelian
ISLAMABAD - A PIA plane with 47 people on-board crashed near Havelian city of Abbottabad district on Wednesday.

Flight PK-661 "lost contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago," the airline said in a statement.

According to a spokesperson for the Commissioner's office in Hazara Division, 42 bodies have been recovered from the plane's wreckage, which had scattered over several kilometres. The Inter-Services Public Relations said around 500 army personnel were taking part in the operation to recover the bodies and any survivors, but witnesses on the crash site said there were unlikely to be any survivors.

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The ATR plane, with 42 passengers and five crew members, reportedly crashed at the Patola village near Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Havelian, about 70km (43 miles) north of capital Islamabad.

Thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area, according to eyewitnesses.

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Eyewitnesses reported seeing a plane crash near Havelian, according to district police officer Abbottabad.

The passengers included 31 men, nine women, two infants, and at least three foreigners.

Pop singer turned Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed, along with his family, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich are among the dead.

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The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

A PIA official issued a statement in Twitter that the aircraft lost its contact with the Control Tower:



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, Press Information Department said.

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Civil and military rescue teams have been dispatched to the mountainous region to find the whereabouts of the aircraft which was being flown by Captain Saleh Janjua and co-pilot Ahmed Janjua. The pilots gave a Mayday call before disappearing.

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Investigations are continuing into the cause of the accident but a recording suggests engine failure as the reason behind the crash.

List of passengers on-board PK-116 that crashed on Wednesday.
List of passengers on-board PK-116 that crashed on Wednesday.


The national carrier has been accused of safety failures in the past. In the last major crash in 2006, 44 people died. The EU banned PIA flights from flying to Europe in 2007 over safety concerns.

Click here for complete list of PIA accidents.

PIA's emergency response center can be contacted at 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 3, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 3, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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