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Last updated: 20 March 2018
Date:Wednesday 7 December 2016
Time:ca 16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 42-500
Operator:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registration: AP-BHO
C/n / msn: 663
First flight: 2007-05-03 (9 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:18740
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127E
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Total:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Havelian (   Pakistan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chitral Airport (CJL/OPCH), Pakistan
Destination airport:Islamabad-Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB/OPRN), Pakistan
Pakistan International Airlines flight PK661, an ATR 42-500, was destroyed after impacting a hillside near Havelian, Pakistan.
The aircraft took off from Chitral around 15:30, bound for Islamabad. At 16:09 the flight changed frequencies from Cherat to Islamabad ATC. At 16:14 the flight radioed that they had an engine problem and that they were descending.
One minute later a Mayday call was issued. That was the last contact with the aircraft.

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
3 May 2007 F-WWLU ATR first flight
14 May 2007 AP-BHO PIA delivered
30 May 2009 AP-BHO PIA Substantially damaged in runway excursion accident, Lahore
7 Dec. 2016 AP-BHO PIA Impacted terrain near Havelian, Pakistan; all 48 on board died

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Chitral Airport to Islamabad-Benazir Bhutto International Airport as the crow flies is 277 km (173 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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