Junaid Jamshed Died in PIA Plan Crash 7th December 2016. Pop star Junaid Jamshed among 48 killed in Pakistan plane crashed. Officials said there were no survivors on Pakistan International Airlines flight that crashed into a hillside north of Islamabad. many of viewers in world searched Who is Junaid Jamshed, the Vital Signs frontman killed in Pakistan plane crash. Pakistan International Air line confirmed that JJ dead in Havelian after cause of plane engine failed and crashed.
Junaid Jamshed, a legendary figure in Pakistani pop music, was among the 48 people killed (death) when a plane crashed into a hillside north of Islamabad, the latest episode in the country’s long history of aviation disasters. Junaid Jamshed was a solo artist and former frontman of one of Pakistan’s most prominent rock bands, Vital Signs.
The small turboprop ATR 42 operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was travelling from the mountainous region of Chitral on Wednesday when it crashed near the town of Havelian.
It was not clear what caused the crash, which happened on a fine day far from the high peaks of the Hindu Kush mountain range where Chitral is located.
However, one civil aviation official said the pilot made a distress call and reported engine failure, and witnesses said the plane plummeted out of the sky.
Photographs and videos taken by locals showed a blasted hillside covered with flames and debris scattered over a wide area.
Officials were quick to declare there was no chance of any survivors. “All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition,” said Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official.
Kurshid Tanoli, a police official in Havelian, said recovery work was hampered by a fire at the crash site and the hilly terrain. “The nearest village to the site is Batolani and is deep in the hills,” he said. “Vehicles and ambulances can only go to Batolani and then it is a 30-minute walk.”
Helicopters and about 500 troops were dispatched to the scene and the army later announced that 40 bodies had been recovered and sent to the nearby town of Abbottabad, where some were due to undergo DNA testing to identify them.
A manifest for flight PK661, obtained by local media, showed that in addition to five crew and a ground engineer there were 42 passengers on board, including Jamshed, a pop star turned evangelical Muslim cleric and fashion designer, who ran a successful chain of boutiques across Pakistan.
Social media tributes flooded in for Jamshed, who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the group Vital Signs, whose songs are still popular today.
Jamshed later abandoned his music career after becoming a follower of the Tableeghi Jamaat, a highly conservative, proselytising Islamic movement. Quaid-e-Azam, manager of the Hindukush Heights hotel in Chitral, said Jamshed had been in the town as part of a 15-day preaching tour.
Shortly before his death Jamshed posted pictures on social media of his trip to Chitral, a picturesque valley popular with tourists, which he described as “heaven on Earth”.
In 2014 Jamshed was accused of blasphemy, an extremely serious allegation in Pakistan, and fled to the UK after issuing an apology.
In 1986, Jamshed earned a lot of publicity with the Vital Signs’ hit rock song, Do Pal Ka. The Vital Signs band became popular with Pakistan’s media after the success of the patriotic Dil Dil Pakistan. He has been listed by The Muslim 500 as one of the “World’s Most Influential Muslims” for his involvement in charity work, especially with the NGO Muslim Charity from 2003 until his death in 2016. It stated that “(the) Muslim Charity has achieved a great deal under his leadership and expanded its operations to 16 countries.”
Jamshed was in Chitral, along with one of his two wives, Nahya Junaid, for a Tablighi Jamaat mission. On 7 December 2016, the two were returning to Islamabad aboard the ill-fated PIA Flight 661, which crashed near Havelian, Khyber Paktunkhwa, killing all on board. Jamshed was enroute to deliver the Friday sermon at the Parliament mosque. The bodies were burnt beyond recognition. He is survived by his remaining wife, three sons, and a daughter.
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