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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Afghan passenger plane crashes

Friday, May 21, 2010

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/05/201051793149842954.html

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Search craft on Thursday spotted the wreckage of a commercial airliner that disappeared Monday while flying over Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountains with 44 people on board, including 6 foreigners, officials said.

Photos supplied by NATO forces show that the plane had broken into four pieces that were strewn across a steep mountainside, suggesting that it was unlikely that anyone survived. It was not known whether any of the helicopters flying over the crash site for much of the day were able to land on the rugged terrain.

The airplane, an Antonov-24 operated by Pamir Airways, was flying from the northern city of Kunduz to Kabul when air traffic controllers lost track of it north of Kabul, the capital. Three British citizens and an American were among the six foreigners who were on board, officials said.

Poor weather and the rugged mountains hampered the search, but aircraft confirmed that the tail section had been found in mountains about 24 miles north of Kabul

posted by Travis, 10:09 am

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