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A Turkish writer and an aid activist have been among the passengers of a local Pamir Airways plane with 38 passengers and five crew on board, including six foreigners, crashed in Afghanistan on Monday in the inaccessible mountainous Hindu Kush region near Kabul.
A local Pamir Airways plane with 38 passengers and five crew on board, including six foreigners, crashed in Afghanistan on Monday in the inaccessible mountainous Hindu Kush region near Kabul, officials said.
Bahattin Yildiz, a World Bulletin writer, went to Afghanistan for a humanitarian project to help orphans.
Got involved personally with the problems in Afghanistan for years, Yildiz were reported to go to Afghanistan from Germany that he lived temporarily. According to the information the World Bulletin received, it is confirmed that our writer was among the passengers on the crashed plane.
It also confirmed that beside our writer Bahattin Yildiz, 2 Turkish citizens, Mustafa Cebili and Faruk Aktas was on the plane.
According to the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) Office, Faruk Aktas had been working as the Asia represantative of IHH.
The IHH statement said, that Aktas and Yildiz went to region to find a land for a orphanage that IHH plans to build in Kunduz.
Yildiz was born in Sivas in 1956 and married with five children. Aktas was born in Igdir in 1974. He was married with one child.
"Bad weather conditions"
The airplane was en route from the northern city of Kunduz to the capital and went missing around 8 a.m. (0330 GMT).
"I can confirm that an aircraft carrying 38 passengers plus five crew has crashed somewhere in Salang Pass," Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told Reuters after receiving a report from the private Afghan airline.
The Salang pass lies around 100 km (60 miles) north of Kabul at an altitude of about 13,350 feet. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but it came amid cloudy and rainy weather in Kabul and its surrounding areas.
"The Pamir Airways report said there were a number of foreigners on board," Bashary said. He said NATO-led forces have been asked to help locate the plane using pilotless drones.
A deputy minister for civil aviation and transport, Raaz Mohammad Alami, told Reuters the plane was an Antonov 24 and that six of the passengers were foreigners. He had no further details on their identities.
One Afghan passenger on board worked for GTZ, a German state aid organisation.
"One of our national staff members was on board this aircraft," Andreas Clausing, head of Germany's development agency in Afghanistan, told Reuters.
A spokesman for NATO-led forces said other aircraft had been sent to search for the plane. "The poor weather conditions in the area are hampering the aerial search," the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. The terrain and weather in the mountains around Kabul are extremely inhospitable and it could take some time before the aircraft is found.
Pamir Airways is one of three major private Afghan airlines that operates mostly domestic routes across Afghanistan.