A Pakistani plane conveying over 47 passengers has crashed, killing over 40 persons on board.

Among the casualties is one of the country’s best known artist, Junaid Jamshed.

According to Reuters, they said that the Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft vanished after taking off from the Northern Chitral region.

It is also believed that two children were among the casualties.

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661, from the city of Chitral to Islamabad, had lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Officials have said it is very unlikely that there will be survivors from the crash.

Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, said, ‘All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered.

Secretary of Aviation in the country, Irfan Ilahi told reporters in Islamabad  that it was too earlier to comment on the situation;

‘It is premature to say anything at the moment, but we know that the aircraft had engine problems.’

The airline said the plane was an ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, which lost contact en route from Chitral.