Afghanistan plane crash: flight goes down in Ghazni province

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Jan 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

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A plane has crashed in Ghazni province in east-central Afghanistan, local sources told The National on Monday.

Provincial governor spokesman Arif Noori said a Boeing plane belonging to Ariana Afghan Airlines went down in the Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district at about 1.10pm local time.

However, Ariana Airlines, the national carrier, denied their planes ware involved.

After checking their fleet, airline director Alem Ibrahimi told The National that none of the company's planes were missing.

Vice President Sarwar Danish said he did not have details of which airline was operating the flight when it crashed.

Sources in Resolute Support, the Nato mission to support the Afghan government, told The National that no US or coalition aircraft were involved.

Early reports indicated the flight was carrying 83 people when it crashed 15 kilometres from the centre of Deh Yak district. However, there are few details and there is yet to be any confirmation from officials or the Taliban.

There is no official indication of injuries or fatalities.

The area where the crash took place in Ghazni province is under Taliban control, meaning access for rescue teams will likely need to be negotiated.

More to follow…

Updated: January 27, 2020 03:50 PM

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