Wreckage of Afghan plane with Turkish activists found

There was no immediate word on whether anyone had survived, officials said Thursday.

Wreckage of Afghan plane with Turkish activists found

Rescuers located the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed in the Afghan mountains with 48 people on board but there was no immediate word on whether anyone had survived, officials said Thursday.

Afghan and NATO rescuers located the tail of the Pamir Airways plane, which had been carrying 3 Turkish activists and dozens of Afghans, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Kabul, a transport ministry spokesman said.

The Foundation For Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) said Monday IHH Asia Representative Faruk Aktas and an IHH volunteer Bahattin Yildiz were in the Afghan passenger jet that crashed on Monday. And also a Turk named Mustafa Cebil is said to be among the passengers.

In a statement issued Monday, the IHH said that Aktas and Yildiz were in the region to open a children's home.

The authorities had originally believed that the ageing Antonov 24 turboprop plane came down Monday over treacherous terrain about 120 kilometres north of the capital.

"The international force brought us photographs of the tail of the plane. It was found in the Shakar Dara mountains," transport ministry spokesman Nangyalai Qalatwal said.

"We have found the tail with the logo of Pamir on it. It was found on the side of the mountain," he said.

According to its website, Pamir Airways was founded in May 1995. One of the airlines owners, Khalilullah Ziayee, told Afghan television families of victims of the disaster would each receive 100,000 dollars in compensation.

The Pamir Airways Antonov lost radio contact 37 minutes after taking off for Kabul -- normally around an hour's flight -- on Monday morning.

Rescuers originally believed the plane had come down on the northern side of Salang, in Khinjan Baghlan province, where grief-stricken relatives of passengers have been gathering, waiting for news.

Agencies

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