Baku, Azerbaijan, May 19
Azerbaijani foreign ministry is in contact with the Afghan foreign ministry and the embassy of that country in Baku, as well as Azerbaijan's embassy in Turkmenistan accredited in Kabul regarding the crash of an aircraft of Azerbaijan's Silk Way, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan's foreign ministry, told Trend May 19.
Additional information regarding the incident is being collected and the necessary measures are being taken, Hajiyev said.
The Antonov AN-12 cargo aircraft, leased to Silk Way for cargo transportations inside Afghanistan, crashed in the country's Helmand province, according to unspecified information, said a message from the State Civil Aviation Administration of Azerbaijan May 18.
The information received approximately at 18:30 (GMT+4) said the mentioned incident occurred when the aircraft was taking off from the Dwyer Airport in Afghanistan.
The rented aircraft had an international crew, which included a citizen of Uzbekistan (captain), three citizens of Ukraine and five Azerbaijani nationals.
The State Civil Aviation Administration of Azerbaijan established a commission to investigate the incident.
Currently, the Azerbaijani side is in talks with the Afghan aviation officials regarding the arrival of the commission representatives to the scene May 19 for further investigation.