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Sisters of Bingley former soldier demand answers over Afghan disaster

The family has also been told that Global Security, the company he was working for at the time, had refused to pay out his life insurance

Telegraph and Argus  August 20, 2012

The family of a soldier turned bodyguard who was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan more than two years ago is still battling for a full explanation as to what led to the disaster.

Rebecca Lake, said her family was being “kept in the dark” despite an on-going fight for justice for her brother Daniel Saville, 40, a former Coldstream guard, who was among three Britons who perished when Pamir Airways Flight 1102 crashed north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 17, 2010.

Mr Saville, who grew up in Wilsden , Haworth and Allerton , Bradford, had been only a few weeks away from his return to Britain from working as a private security contractor for a US government agency trying to combat the cultivation of heroin.

A damning official report blaming the failure of the aircraft’s captain and Afghan air traffic control for causing the disaster has been obtained from the Foreign Office by the Telegraph & Argus using the Freedom of Information Act.

But Mrs Lake, 45, of Clayton Heights , Bradford, has made a fresh plea to the authorities to keep her family fully informed of developments as lawyers continue a compensation battle in the US for the British victims of the doomed plane which had been flying on false documents.

She said that, despite investigations in the war-torn country, it had been “difficult” for the Afghan authorities to fully investigate and bring to justice those who were to blame for causing her brother’s death.

The family has also been told that Global Security, the company he was working for at the time, had refused to pay out his life insurance.

Mrs Lake said: “We really have no idea about what is going on. As far as we are concerned, everything is at a standstill.

“We really do not think that we are going to get any answers. There has been fault admitted somewhere, just not to us. We have not even had an apology or explanation.

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August 20, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Follow the Money, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Britons feared dead after Afghan flight disappears over Hindu Kush

Three Britons are among more than 40 passengers and crew feared dead after an Afghan domestic flight crashed over the Hindu Kush mountains

One American Citizen believed to be on board

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Chris Carter, David Taylor and Daniel Saville were named as the three Britons on board the flight, which is thought to have crashed in foggy conditions on Monday morning.

The commercial flight, operated by an Afghan airline, was en route from the northern city of Kunduz to the Afghan capital Kabul when it disappeared over the Salang Pass at around 8.30am.

Rescuers attempting to find the wreckage – thought to be some some 12,000ft up in the Hindu Kush – were forced to turn back because of the poor weather conditions.

“The weather is very bad,” said General Rajab, commander of the Salang Pass for the Afghan Ministry of Public Works. “It is snowing. There is flooding.”

The American-led Nato force in Afghanistan dispatched a plane and two helicopters to assist a search and rescue operation after air traffic controllers lost touch with the flight.

Captain Robert Leese, a Nato spokesman, said the aircraft got within four miles of the crash site.

“All eyes were searching for the plane but the fog was so bad you couldn’t tell where the mountain began and the fog ended,” he said.

An Afghan rescue team of 70 was last night searching the area on foot. Colonel Nabiullah, who was in charge of the southern portion of the pass, said: “The only way they can search is on foot. The helicopters can’t get in.”

A US citizen is also thought to be among the six foreigners who formed part of the 38 passengers and six crew aboard the Pamir Airways flight.

The occupations of the British citizens are not yet known – although private contractors helping in the country’s reconstruction commonly use the commerical flights to travel between bases.

According to Mohammad Asif Jabar Khil, the police chief at Kabul airport, the flight went down around 60 miles north of the Afghan capital.

Searches were focusing near the 13,350ft pass, which forms the main link between the capital and northern Afghanistan, and the nearby Panjshir valley, but cloud, snow and flooding were hampering rescue efforts.

Afghanistan has seen a boom in domestic and international flights in recent years, with all major cities connected by regular services.

Aircraft belonging to the military and civilian contractors crash fairly regularly in Afghanistan, although crashes involving planes from commercial carriers are less common.

The last major crash involving a passenger aircraft in Afghanistan happened in February 2005, when a Boeing 737 operated by private Afghan carrier Kam Air crashed in a snowstorm near Kabul, killing 104 passengers and crew.

Kabul-based Pamir Airways is one of three major private Afghan airlines and started operations in 1995. It has daily flights to major Afghan cities and also operates flights to Dubai and to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage.

According to its website, the airline uses Antonov 24 type aircraft on all its Kunduz-to-Kabul flights. The two-engine turboprop can carry a maximum of 52 passengers, according to Aviation Safety Network. The network said production

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , , , | Leave a comment