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9 Feared Dead in Cargo Plane Crash in Afghanistan



AFP  July 6, 2011 5:24 pm

A cargo plane which crashed into mountains in eastern Afghanistan was carrying logistics staff to US forces, an Afghan official says.

The Russian-made Illyushin 76 disappeared from airport radar screens late Tuesday and crashed 25 kilometres northwest of Kabul’s airport, said airport official Yaqub Rasoli.

The plane departed from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and was on its way to Bagram, the main US military base in Afghanistan, which is located north of the capital, Rasoli said.

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press

A Russian-designed Ilyushin-76 cargo plane chartered by the U.S. military crashed into a mountaintop in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, as fears rose for the fate of its nine-member crew.

The plane hit a mountain peak late Tuesday night, around 11 p.m., said Sayed Aleem Agha, the top official in Sayagred district of Parwan province, north of Kabul.

Agha, who said the mountaintop was visible from his office, said he feared the crew were killed but that rescue workers had not yet arrived at the crash site.

“I saw a huge fire as a result of the crash,” he said. “The fire lasted for a long time.”

The plane belonged to an Azerbaijani company, Silk Way, whose deputy director Adyl Katsymov said the fate of the crew was unknown. The flight originated from the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, said Kabul airport official Yaqub Rasoliob.

Anar Aghayev, the deputy chief of mission for the Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan, said four of the crew members were Azerbaijani citizens, three were from Uzbekistan, and two were from Russia.

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July 6, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties, Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Private Military Contractors | , ,

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