• The plane vanished after taking off from the Northern Chitral region
  • Pakistan International Airlines initially said the aircraft ‘disappeared’
  • Two children are among those believed to be on the doomed flight 
  • It was a domestic flight bound for Islamabad, with 41 people on board
  • Officials say it is unlikely that there will be any survivors 
  • Flight PK-661 crashed near the town of Havelian in the north of the country

A Pakistani jet with 47 people on board has crashed, shortly after losing contact with ground control.

The Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft vanished after taking off from the Northern Chitral region, the airline has stated.

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661, from the city of Chitral to Islamabad, had lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Officials have said it is very unlikely that there will be survivors from the crash.

A passenger list circulated online said two children were among those on board.

More than 40 people are feared dead after the plane crashed on a flight to Islamabad

More than 40 people are feared dead after the plane crashed on a flight to Islamabad

Pictures posted online show what is believed to be the crash site after the plane went down after losing contact with air traffic control

Pictures posted online show what is believed to be the crash site after the plane went down after losing contact with air traffic control

Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, told Reuters: ‘All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered.’

He said witnesses had told him that the aircraft had crashed into the mountainous area, and was on fire before it hit the ground.

It is believed that there were 31 men, 9 women and two children on board the flight when it crashed.

The crash happened near Havelian in the north of Pakistan as the Islamabad-bound plane lost contact with ground control

The crash happened near Havelian in the north of Pakistan as the Islamabad-bound plane lost contact with ground control

Airline spokesman Danyal Gilani said 37 of those on board were passengers.

The aircraft was carrying ‘around 40 people’, the airline said in a statement, but the civil aviation authority said 47 people were on board.

It is not yet clear how many casualties there were. The airline said it has mobilised its emergency response centre.

Laiq Shah, a senior police official in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said the plane crashed in the province’s Havelian area.

‘Rescue teams are reaching the scene of the crash, and then we will know more,’ Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George told Reuters.

Smoke was seen rising from the site after Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft crashed

Smoke was seen rising from the site after Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft crashed

There were no immediate details on casualties, but Pakistan’s interior ministry has dispatched a team with experts on identifying bodies through DNA tests.

State-run Pakistan Television showed a huge fire rising from the site of the crash.

Villagers were seen standing near the site.

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661 had lost contact with air traffic controllers

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661 had lost contact with air traffic controllers

Geo News, citing civil aviation sources, said the plane lost contact with civil aviation authority at around 4.30pm local time.

A regional police official has said the plane has crashed, Reuters reports.

Laiq Shah, a senior police official in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province told Reuters by telephone that the plane had crashed in that region, near the town of Havelian.

He said rescue personnel were en route to the scene.

A local police official, Khursheed Tanoli, told state-run Pakistan Television that the plane went down in a village in the northwest and that rescuers are trying to reach the site of the crash, AP reports.

Smoke was seen coming from the crash site, Pakistan Views reports. It said the plane took off at around 3pm, and lost contact with air traffic control 90 minutes later.

The Pakistan International Airlines carrying 37 passengers plus crew 'disappeared', airline spokesman Danyal Gilani said

The Pakistan International Airlines carrying 37 passengers plus crew ‘disappeared’, airline spokesman Danyal Gilani said.