A Pakistan International Airlines plane with 37 passengers on board has crashed, according to Pakistani media reports. The plane caught fire and crashed near Pipplian, a suburban village of Havelian near Abbottabad, media reports said. The ATR plane PK-661 was en route to Islamabad from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The national carrier's flight departed from Chitral at 3.30pm (local time) and disappeared from the air control radar soon after take off, the Express Tribune reported.
According to military's media wing, army troops and helicopters have been dispatched to the crash site for rescue efforts. According to some Pakistani media reports, there were about 47 people on board the aircraft.
However, news agency AFP quoting an airline spokesperson said the plane had 37 passengers.