More than a 100 persons feared dead as plane crashes in Afghanistan

The Hush Post | 7:14 pm | One-minute read |

More than a 100 persons are feared to have been killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan on Monday. The ill-fated plane crashed in Deh Yak district of eastern Ghazni province, an area controlled by Taliban. Afghan officials are yet to locate the aircraft’s wreckage in the mountainous province.

News reports say the plane was operated by Afghanistan’s state-owned airline Ariana Afghan Airlines. However, the acting CEO of Ariana Afghan, Mirwais Mirzakwal, denied the reports.

“There has been an airline crash but it does not belong to Ariana because the two flights managed by Ariana today from Herat to Kabul and Herat to Delhi are safe,” Reuters quoted Mirzakwal as saying.

Earlier, Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor’s office in Ghazni city, had said: “A Boeing plane belonging to the Ariana Afghan Airlines, has crashed in the Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni province around 1:10 pm local time (0840 GMT).”

Reports say the plane was en route to Ghazni from Herat when it crashed. 110 persons are said to be aboard the plane.

Taliban has said they are investigating the crash claims but were unable to comment further.

CONFLICTING REPORTS

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reported that all the passengers have died in the crash.

“We know that Afghan security forces are at the scene and reports we are hearing from those eyewitnesses is that all passengers on board are deceased,” the channel said.

It also reported that the plane is not Afghan.  The Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan also denied reports that the plane was a commercial flight.

“According to our information from the Control Tower and Traffic Regulatory Authority, no commercial airline crash has been recorded. And Ariana Afghan Airlines have reassured us that all their planes are accounted for,” said the organisation.

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