Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK116 was en route from the northern city of Chitral to Islamabad when it crashed on 7 December. The Independent UK reported that Muhammad Khan, a government official told Reuters that it is very unlikely that there are any survivors as the "bodies are burned beyond recognition." Witnesses said the ATR plane "crashed in a mountainous area, and before it hit the ground it was on fire". It is reported that pop artist celeb and religious leader Junaid Jamshed was on board the flight and he may have been traveling with family.

Singer-songwriter, National Award winning film actor, and TV anchor, Fakhr-e-Alam, a friend and neighbor of Junaid posted up on Twitter that he had heard of Junaid's death.

Keeping everyone updated was hard for Fakhr and he was deeply disturbed when he first heard the news of the Plane crash.

It is hard when you are a friend of someone in a tight spot and later, when the flight manifesto went up, Fakhr noted that Junaid was on seat 27C.

The ATR is a plane with a bad reputation for air crashes

The ATR is turbo prop passenger plane and Fakhr pointed out these planes have a very bad reputation for engine failure. He posted up that "the planes are of French/Italian origin.They require extreme maintenance & PIA engineering have not been able to maintain them well." He also posted up the statistics of fatal crashes involving them.

The plane crash happened in a remote and mountainous region and the impact suggests the plane may have been in "freefall" when it hit the ground. Images have started to emerge.

Mainstream media are speculating whether Junaid was actually on board, but The News Tribe reported that he was scheduled to be on the flight and that "The brother of Junaid Jamshed has confirmed to Samaa that his brother was on board this flight." They also said that "what was more disturbing is that he was traveling along with his family.


PIA confirm the flight PK-661 crashed after losing radar contact

In a statement released by Pakistan International Airlines, they confirmed the crash saying,"PIA's ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago." According to a further report by Fakhr-e-Alam on Twitter, the last words from the stricken plane were pilot reports that there was a problem with the ATR's left engine.

Junaid Jamshed started out his life as an engineer for the Pakistan Air Force before taking up a music career and rose to prominence both locally and internationally with the pop group 'Vital Signs' as a vocalist in the late 1980's.

He later left the music industry after releasing a solo album and in the early 2000's focused on his religious activities for Islam, appearing on television as a religious leader. Ary News reported that he died on the Islamabad-bound plane when it disappeared off radar.

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