Show-cause notices issued to Interior Ministry's three officials

ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 (APP): Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)  and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to dispatch their teams to Abbottabad where PIA plane has been crashed.

The FIA team would assist in initial investigation while NADRA would help in identification of unfortunate passengers.

Meanwhile, Secretary Interior has contacted Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and as per minister’s directions Air Wing helicopters would be sent to assist the NDMA in rescue activities.

As per details, passenger plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), flying from Chitral to Islamabad, crashed near Havelian, a hilly area near Abbottabad.

The flight PK-661 with 40 passengers on board went missing before pilots lost control over aircraft, a spokesman of the PIA said.

He said all resources were being mobilized to locate the aircraft.

PIA’s emergency response centre has been activated and it  could be accessed at the following phone numbers: (021) 99044890, (021) 99044376 and (021) 99044394.