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Wreckage of Afghan plane found
Kabul, May 19 (Agencies):
Published on 19 May. 2010 11:53 PM IST
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The wreckage of the Afghan passenger plane that crashed between Kunduz and Kabul on Monday has been found. An Isaf helicopter located the wreckage south of the Salang valley late Tuesday evening, but bad weather has so far prevented rescuers from getting there.
The Pamir Airways plane, with more than 40 people on board, went down near the Salang Pass in mountains about 100km (60 miles) north of the capital, Kabul. Officials said six foreigners were on board, including three Britons.
The aircraft is thought to have been carrying 38 passengers plus five crew. Officials say it is unclear whether there are any survivors. They say it will be some time before the rescuers get to the site of the crash since it is in a mountainous area that is difficult to access.
On Monday and Tuesday, dozens of Afghan police and local people scoured the remote and rugged terrain of the Hindu Kush mountain range where the plane was believed to have crashed. Aircraft were also sent, a Nato statement said. But fog and snowy weather were hampering the search, officials said. The Salang Pass is a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains connecting Kabul to the north of the country.
Pamir Airways is one of Afghanistan’s private carriers and operates mainly domestic routes.
In 2005 an Afghan airliner crashed in the Band-e-Ghazi area east of Kabul. More than 100 people were killed.

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