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Pakistan plane crash in Abbottabad: All 48 passengers aboard PK-661 killed

A Pakistani plane carrying 48 people crashed Wednesday in the country's mountainous north and burst into flames killing everyone on board, authorities said.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight PK661 crashed after one of its two turboprop engines failed while travelling from the city of Chitral to Islamabad, the civil aviation authority said.

Parts of the aircraft were found hundreds of metres away from the main site in Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

A senior rescue official on the site said, "The villagers told us that the plane was shaky before it crashed. It was about to hit the village but it seems that the pilot managed to drag the plane towards the hills."

The dead include three foreigners, officials said, with Austria's foreign ministry later confirming two of its nationals were killed and Chinese state media saying one of its nationals was also among the victims.

Among those on board the ill-fated plane was Junaid Jamshed, a former Pakistani pop star turned evangelical Muslim, according to the Chitral airport manager and a local police official.

Social media has been flooded with tributes for the former lead singer of the country's first major pop band, whose popular "Dil Dil Pakistan" became an unofficial national anthem.