PIA Fokker F27 crashes after take-off in Pakistan

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By Leithen Francis in Singapore

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Fokker F27 has crashed soon after take-off but details on casualties have yet to be confirmed.

PIA’s top spokesman in Karachi says the F27 crashed after departing Multan Airport in central Pakistan for the city of Lahore. The aircraft was operating as flight PK688.

There were 41 passengers as well as two pilots and two cabin attendants on board, says the spokesman, but adds that there are no details on the number of casualties.

“There were no reports of bad weather. The aircraft crashed in a plain field and there are no mountains in that area,” he adds.

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 Photo: Waqas Usman / GNU Free Documentation Licence

A PIA Fokker F27 at Lahore's Allama Iqbal international airport in January.

Pakistan’s civil aviation authority says the aircraft departed Multan at 12:05 and crashed two minutes after take-off.

PIA operates its F27 on domestic routes, mostly to remote areas, and is currently in the process of replacing its eight F27s with new ATR 42-500s.