KARACHI: We have gathered information for our visitors about the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that crashed on Wednesday near Havelian town of Abbottabad district.
It was ATR 42-500 aircraft named Hasan Abdal.
The plane left for maiden flight on May 3, 2007. It means the plane was nearly 10 years old.
The ATR42 with construction number-663 is registered in France as F-WWLU for pre-delivery test flights.
The aircraft was registered in Pakistan as AP-BHO with a common name of ‘Hasanabdal—The Gurdwara Glory’.
The plane received Punjab Province tail design as part of Pakistan province tails livery applied on PIA aircraft.
Hasanabdal was delivered to PIA on May 14, 2007.
On December 7, 2016, the plane was performing PIA Chitral to Islamabad flight PK-661, when it experienced engine problem and crashed near havelian, Abbottabad.
All 48 people aboard the aircraft including 42 passengers and six crew members died in the accident.
The name “42” comes from the aircraft’s standard seating, which varies from 40 to 52.
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