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In this Saturday, June 8, 2013 photo, a Pakistani International Airline plane takes off from Benazir Bhutto airport in Islamabad, Pakistan. Most of Pakistan's planes are more than 25 years old and not in the best of shape, its staff is bloated, and every flight is probably costing the state money instead of adding to its bottom line, with the carrier losing some $300 million a year. That?s emblematic of the problems with Pakistan?s state-owned enterprises, underlining how difficult it will be for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to carry out a key promise for rebuilding the economy, rescuing, reforming and possibly privatizing a slew of state companies. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

No likely survivors among 48 on passenger jet that crashed into a mountain in Pakistan


UPDATE 12:42 p.m. EST:

Pakistan officials say it is unlikely the any of the 48 passengers and crew on board the plane that crashed Wednesday survived. Thirty-six bodies have been retrieved by search crews so far. 

Junaid Jamshed, a singer-turned-cleric and a national celebrity, was among the dead. 

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his "deep grief and sorrow" over the crash.


A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan.

The crash site is about 45 miles northwest from the capital of Islamabad, according to senior police officer Khurram Rasheed. It is not clear if anyone survived the crash.

State-run media showed a huge fire rising from the crash site. The plane reportedly lost contact with the control tower shortly before the crash. ABC News reports the plane was headed to Islamabad from Chitral.

Pakistani musician and celebrity Junaid Jamshed was reportedly on the plane.

This image claims to show some of the wreckage.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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