Picture: Crashed PIA Fokker F27 appeared to have feathered propeller on impact

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By Kieran Daly in London

Pictures of the crashed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Fokker F27 at Multain airport appear to show the propeller of one engine feathered and largely undamaged as if it were not rotating at impact (below). The second Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop engine is not visible.

Unconfirmed reports state that the registration of the aircraft was AP-BAL.

Pakistani news reports quote eyewitnesses as saying they observed flames from the aircraft and it was “tilted” to the right as it descended. It is said to have hit power-lines and crashed into an orchard.

PIA has released the names of 41 passengers and four crew killed in the accident, which happened soon after the take-off of flight PK688 to Lahore.

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  © AP Photo / Khalid Tanveer

People gathered near the wreckage of a PIA F-27 twin-engine passenger aircraft, which crashed in Multan, Pakistan, Monday, 10 July, 2006.