Turkey joins search-rescue over Afghan plane crash

IHH said, Asia Representative Faruk Aktas and an IHH volunteer Bahattin Yildiz were in the Afghan passenger jet that crashed on Monday.

Turkey joins search-rescue over Afghan plane crash

Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Turkish military personnel backed rescue efforts carried out in the region after the plane crash in Afghanistan.

Foreign Ministry statement expressed "deep sorrow" over the crash of the passenger plane, operated by Pamir Airlines, a private Afghan airline in Salang pass, Anadolu news agency said.

Afghan passenger plane was carrying 44 people, including six foreigners. 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 statement said Turkey joined search and rescue efforts carried out in the region. "Despite the bad weather conditions, Turkish military helicopters assigned in Kabul Regional Command and related teams have reached to the region," the statement said.

The plane, operated by Pamir Airways, a private Afghan airline, was traveling from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan to Kabul when it crashed Monday.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane when it was about 55 miles (85 kilometers) north of Kabul, prompting rescue workers to rush to the Salang Pass, a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains that connects the capital to the north.


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