Ambassador: Azerbaijan does utmost to deliver crew members' bodies from Afghanistan

Ambassador: Azerbaijan does utmost to deliver crew members' bodies from Afghanistan

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 18 / Trend S.Agayeva /

Azerbaijan uses all opportunities to deliver the dead bodies of the crew members of the Azerbaijani plane crashed in the country, Azerbaijani ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan Dashgin Shikarov told Trend on Monday.

"The Afghan Transport Minister and Afghan Foreign Minister's senior officials phoned me today and assured me that the Afghan side will provide any possible assistance to Azerbaijan in this matter", Shikarov said.

"Afghan authorities are negotiating with certain parties to deliver the dead bodies of the crew members to Kabul. A special helicopter is supposed to be sent to the crash site today, but after yesterday's events the alert level in the capital has been raised to the highest point and movement in the city is limited", he said.

Jan Mohammad Khan, a senior adviser to Afghan president Hamid Karzai and MP Mohammad Hashem Vatanval, were killed in Afghanistan's Kapisa province, a source in the Afghan Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti. Gunmen strapped with explosives killed the presidential adviser at dinner. So far none of the opposition groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five members of the nine-person crew on the "Azerbaijan Airlines" cargo aircraft were Azerbaijani citizens. The other victims were Uzbekcitizens, the ambassador said. All crew members of the "Azerbaijan Airlines" cargo aircraft were killed.

Nine crew members and a total of 18 tons of cargo were 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.
An Azerbaijani commission to investigate the causes of the Azerbaijani plane crash in Afghanistan has stated that one of the priority versions of the plane crash is that 'Taliban shot down it'.

"The version that Taliban shot down the Azerbaijani cargo plane in Afghanistan is one of the priorities," Deputy Director General of Azerbaijan Airlines Ilham Amirov said at a news conference.

Azerbaijan has officially sent the second note to the Afghan Foreign Ministry for assistance in the delivery of the dead bodies of the crew members of the Azerbaijani plane crashed in the country.

The commission members, who are in Kabul, still could not get the crash site due to the difficult situation there.

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