No sign of plane missing in harsh Afghan terrain

Dozens of anxious Afghans scoured the rugged terrain of the Hindu Kush mountain range north of Kabul in search of missing relatives.

No sign of plane missing in harsh Afghan terrain

Dozens of anxious Afghans scoured the rugged terrain of the Hindu Kush mountain range north of Kabul in search of missing relatives on Tuesday, a day after a local commercial plane crashed in the area.

The Pamir Airways plane was carrying 48 people, including six foreigners, when it crashed in the mountainous region en route from the northern town of Kunduz. NATO aircraft scanning the area had found nothing so far, a spokesman said.

The alliance spokesman said fog and snowy weather were hampering the search.

Authorities say the plane crashed in the Salang pass, which lies around 100 km (60 miles) north of Kabul at an altitude of about 13,350 feet. A Reuters reporter at the scene said relatives were growing frustrated with the search.

Thirty or 40 relatives who flew to the area cut short their search because of the difficult terrain and conditions.

Some told reporters they were angry with authorities for not providing enough help and threatened to protest by blocking the road that runs through the Salang pass.

Pamir is one of three private Afghan airlines that operate mostly domestic routes across Afghanistan.

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

Reuters

Last Mod: 18 Mayıs 2010, 21:09
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