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Moscow-bound aircraft with six on board disappers over Afghanistan

Plane was a charter ambulance flight travelling from India to Moscow on French-made Dassault Falcon 10 jet

A representational picture of an aeroplane. — Unsplash
  • Crash reported in mountainous region of Badakhshan province.
  • No confirmed details on the cause of crash or casualties.
  • Plane was not a scheduled commercial flight: Indian aviation authority

Russian aviation authorities said Sunday, that a Russian-registered plane with six passengers onboard had disappeared from radar screens over Afghanistan.

As per reports, Afghan police received information of a crash in Badakhshan province.

The plane was a charter ambulance flight travelling from India to Moscow via Uzbekistan, on a French-made Dassault Falcon 10 jet manufactured in 1978.

Four crew members and two passengers were aboard the flight.

However, India’s civil aviation authority clarified that the plane crash was not a scheduled commercial flight or an Indian chartered aircraft, Reuters reported.

The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “The unfortunate plane crash that has just occurred in Afghanistan is neither an Indian Scheduled Aircraft nor a Non Scheduled (NSOP)/Charter aircraft. It is a Moroccan registered small aircraft. More details are awaited.”

The Afghan provincial police spokesperson said in a statement the crash had taken place overnight in a remote, mountainous region of Badakhshan in Afghanistan’s far north.

“We were informed by local people in the morning,” Zabihullah Amiri, head of the provincial information department, told AFP, without giving further details.

He said there were no confirmed details on the cause of the crash or casualties.

Aircraft manufacturer Dassault did not respond immediately to a request for comment outside normal business hours.


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