Ambassador: Commission members fail to reach crash site of Azerbaijani aircraft in Afghanistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 9 / Trend S.Agayeva /
The members of the commission went to investigate the causes of the Azerbaijani plane crash in Afghanistan are still unable to reach the crash site, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan Dashgin Shikarov told Trend.
Despite the fact that coalition forces detached about 300 soldiers to accompany the members of the Azerbaijani committee, including the representatives of the Azerbaijani Civil Aviation Administration and Silk Way specialists, which owned the plane, failed to reach the crash site because of anti-terrorist operations there, the ambassador said.
One employee of the embassy in Pakistan was detached to Kabul to coordinate search operations with local authorities.
"The Afghan Foreign Ministry is concerned about the situation," he said. "As the area is not controlled by the authorities, they can not help in the search operations."
Five members of the nine-person crew on the "Azerbaijan Airlines" cargo aircraft were Azerbaijani citizens. The other victims were Uzbek citizens, the ambassador said. All crew members of the "Azerbaijan Airlines" cargo aircraft were killed.
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 21:26 (local time).
The plane with a carrying capacity of 40 tons was built in 2005 and passed a full inspection in February 2011. It passed the subsequent inspection in June 2011.