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Weather conditions prevent 'black box' search in Afghanistan

Other News Materials 6 July 2011 14:18
A search for the "black boxes" from a crashed Azerbaijani cargo plane has been complicated by local terrain and weather conditions, Kabul Airport Flight Department Deputy Chief Jawad Vahabzade told Trend.
Weather conditions prevent 'black box' search in Afghanistan

Azerbaijan , Baku, July 6 / Trend T.Jafarov /

A search for the "black boxes" from a crashed Azerbaijani cargo plane has been complicated by local terrain and weather conditions, Kabul Airport Flight Department Deputy Chief Jawad Vahabzade told Trend.


He said the airport does not have any additional information.

Vahabzade confirmed the occurrence of a fire and the death of the nine-member crew.

All the crew members of the Azerbaijan Airlines aircraft were killed.

The aircraft crashed outside the Aksa village on Tuesday in the Parwan province, Governor Abdulhalim Mojaddadi told Trend.

He said the cargo aircraft of the Azerbaijani cargo airline Silk Way crashed into a mountain not far from the Aksa village at 11:00 pm [local time].

He added that a special group consisting of police officers and local authorities has already begun investigating this case. He said he is aware of presence of 8 people on board.

Mojaddadi denies information of Taliban's shooting down the aircraft.

Nine crew members were on board a cargo aircraft IL-76 4K-AZ 55 of the Azerbaijani cargo airline Silk Way, which crashed at 2:10 a.m. [Baku time] on Tuesday in the Afghan province of Parwan north of Kabul, the Azerbaijani Civil Aviation Administration told Trend earlier.

The Afghan Airspace Control Service reported that connection with the cargo plane Silk Way was lost at 12:10 am (local time) on July 6 not far from Bagram airport, when the plane disappeared from radar. At the same time the dispatcher managing the aircraft notified that a flash
occurred approximately 25 km from the Kabul airport at an altitude of 4 km.

It is assumed that the plane may have encountered an unknown object in the air, as information about an emergency situation was not reported by the flight crew until the connection was lost.

A total of 18 tons of cargo was on board the plane en route from Baku to Bagram. The plane picked up its cargo at the Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport and took off at 9:26 pm (local time).

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