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A Pakistani plane with 48 people on board has crashed, with one of the country's best known musicians among the dead.

The Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft vanished after taking off from the Northern Chitral region, the airline has stated.

Pakistani pop star, actor and TV presenter Junaid Jamshed was among those who perished when the plane crashed.

It is also believed two children were among the casualties. Officials have confirmed that all 48 on board have died.

British boxer Amir Khan revealed he was a friend of singer Junaid Jamshed and said: 'My heart goes out to all the families who lost their loves ones.'

Local legislator Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota said there was 'no chance' anyone survived that horror crash.

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.

It is understood that a mayday call had been made shortly before the plane disappeared.

Sardar Buhadar, mayor of district Abbotabad, said that all bodies have recovered from the site of crash to a local hospital. 'All but two bodies are beyond recognition. They are pieces and not bodies.

'Total 47 people were on board but we have brought 49 body bags because you cannot tell men from women.

'Most of the pieces are in mutilated and in burnt form. We have decided to shift them to Islamabad early tomorrow. They can only be recognised through DNA test,' he said.

The plane crashed in mountains near Batolvi village in Abbottabad district

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