2016-12-07 Pakistan Intl ATR-42 crashed near Abbottabad after inflight emergency
The ATR-42 crashed near Abbottabad, Pakistan with 48 on board after inflight emergency. There were no survivors.
Pakistan International Airlines flight PK 661 went missing en-route from Chitral to Islamabad with 48 people on board among them five crew members, one ground engineer and 42 passengers. The ATR climbed to an altitude measured by Flightradar24 as 13,000 ft.
It was 16:14L – about 45 min after take-off from Chitral – when Islamabad Air Traffic Control (ATC) received a transmission from PK661. The pilots released a distress message indicating troubles with engine #1 (left) and said they must give up their altitude and began to descend. -> Engine type: Pratt & Whitney PW121A. A minute later a Mayday Call was received after which no further communication was established.
|AUDIO FILE of ATC Recording of PK661 [MP3-LINK]|
Eyewitness reports stating the aircraft was found to have impacted on a mountainside the village of Havelian, 17 km south of Abbottabad. After impact, a fire erupted consuming much of the surrounding bushes and grassland.
A rescue mission is ongoing but no survivors were found.
PIA Pakistan Intl Airlines press statement: [LINK]
In the wake of the accident and another mishap on a ATR-72 flight, Pakistan International Airlines announced they will ground their entire fleet of nine remaining ATR’s for safety inspection. PIA press statement: „In view of Civil Aviation Authority’s decision of holding shakedown tests of PIA’s entire ATR fleet, it has been decided to keep all 10 ATR aircrafts grounded till they are cleared after thorough examination.„
NOTE: the aircraft question was substantially damaged in 2009 when it ran off runway on landing at Lahore Airport. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service again. In 2014 the aircraft in question experienced another failure of its left engine during flight from Skardu to Islamabad.
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Age a/c: 9.6 years
Constr. No.: 663
Occupants & Casualties
Date: 2016-12-07 Time: ~16:30
Location: Abbottabad area
Flight phase: ENR – Cruise, Descent, Holding
Damage to a/c: hull loss
Flight no.: PK 661
From: OPCH/CJL: Chitral To: OPRN/ISB: Islamabad Chaklala
Operator: PIA – Pakistan International Airlines
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 54th safety occurence for the operator
– 5th fatal accident of PIA since 1989
- 94th safety occurence of type (ATR-42)
- 4th safety occurence for aircraft in question
– 2009-05-30 off runway on landing Lahore
– 2012-03-09 severe birdstrike near Karachi
– 2014-09-15 left engine flame-out near Skardu
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