Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 was carrying 42 passengers and five crew members when it crashed in the mountains near Abbottabad. The French made ATR-42 twin-engine turboprop aircraft was just 30 miles from its destination.
A pilot made a mayday call, saying he had lost control of one of the two engines, the airline’s chairman said. “We were confident that the plane could land with one working engine,” Saigol said.
The ATR-42 that crashed was made in 2007 and had been flown for 18,740 hours, Saigol said. “The ATR plane was a sound plane,” the chairman said. “We have 11 other ATRs. Every 500 hours, these planes are checked, and this plane had been last checked in October.” – CNN
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