A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed Wednesday near Abbottabad, officials said.

 

 

The airline said the PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft was carrying about 40 people when it lost contact with a control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad.

 

Pop star turned preacher Junaid Jamshed was among those on board flight PK-661, his manager Arsalan Khan told CNN.

 

Jamshed soared to fame in the 1980s with his band Vital Signs, one of the most iconic pop bands in Pakistan.

 

After a successful career as a solo singer in the 1990s, Jamshed decided to become a religious cleric.

 

His last tweet, posted Sunday, showed pictures of “Heaven on Earth” in Chitral – the city where the plane took off.

 

Authorities have not given a number of casualties.