A commercial aircraft carrying about 40 passengers and crew members went missing in northern Pakistan on Wednesday after it took off from a tourist resort near the Afghan border, headed for Islamabad, officials said.
The small ATR-42 plane lost contact with the control tower minutes before it was supposed to land, Pakistan International Airline said.
Local police in the town of Hawalian - which lies between the capital and Chital, the town from where the plan took off - told dpa the plane had crashed in the mountains, but there was no official confirmation.
Pakistani military has mobilized troops for rescue and relief operation and to look for the wreckage after locals in Hawalian said they saw the plane go down in the mountains, the army's media wing said.
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