Pakistan: plane with 45 people on board crashes

Pakistan: plane with 45 people on board crashes
Pakistan: plane with 45 people on board crashes

An Associated Press reporter could see at least 10 dead or injured people at the scene of the crash, about three kilometers (two miles) from the airport in the eastern city of Multan. The wreckage of the plane was burning.

An airline security official at the scene, Mohammed Iqbal, said 41 passengers and four crew were aboard the Fokker aircraft, and that many were feared dead.

"The plane lost contact with the control tower about two minutes after takeoff. We don't know what happened to it," PIA engineer Mansoor A. Rahi said.

The plane had taken off on a flight from Multan to Lahore, the capital of eastern Punjab province. It went down in a wheat field near a mango orchard, where trees were burning from the impact of the crash and a perimeter wall was damaged, the AP reports.