43 bodies found after plane from Pakistan crashes

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ABOTTSBAD, Pakistan — At least 43 bodies have been recovered from the site of a plane crash Wednesday near Abbottabad, Pakistan, police said.

Forty-eight people were on board, according to Pakistan International Airlines.

The airline said Flight PK-661 was carrying 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer when it lost contact with a control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad.

Pop star-turned-religious artist Junaid Jamshed was among those on board, his manager, Arsalan Khan, told CNN.

Jamshed soared to fame in the 1980s with Vital Signs, one of the most iconic pop bands in Pakistan.

After a successful career as a solo singer in the 1990s, Jamshed gave up pop stardom to focus on religious music, or nasheeds.

His last tweet, posted Sunday, showed pictures of “Heaven on Earth” in Chitral — the northern Pakistan city where the plane took off.

The aircraft was an ATR-42 twin-engine propeller plane. The aircraft’s manufacturer, ATR, is a joint venture between Airbus Group and Italy’s Leonardo.

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