Pamir Airways plane crash in Afghanistan

Officials say a Pamir Airways plane carrying 43 passengers, including six foreigners, has crashed in the mountains of northern Afghanistan.

Authorities say the Pamir Airways flight went down earlier today while on its way from the northern city of Kunduz to the capital, Kabul.

Rescuers were headed to the presumed crash site near the Salang Pass in the Hindu Kush mountains, north of the Afghan capital; however, poor weather conditions, including fog, reportedly hampered an aerial search.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said NATO-led forces had been asked to help locate the plane using pilotless drones. NATO said in a statement that it had dispatched a manned aircraft to the last known position of the missing plane; two helicopters were also en route to the area.

Pamir Airways started its operations with one Boeing 707-320 and two Antonov An-12 aircraft. During the past two hajj seasons, Pamir Airways played a major role in successfully serving Afghan pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Pamir Airways carried 9000 pilgrims in 2004 and 15000 pilgrims in 2005.

In April 2008, Pamir airways was taken over by a group of prominent Afghan businessmen. Currently, the chairman Pamir airways is Mr. Sherkhan Farnood who is also the president of Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce.

No mention of the crash in the official site.

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