Plane crashes in Taliban-controlled area in central Afghanistan

Nellie Chapman
January 27, 2020

No casualties were immediately confirmed, but a high number is feared. The Boeing plane belonging to Ariana Airlines and was reportedly carrying 83 passengers on board.

"At around 1:10 pm (0840 GMT) a plane crashed in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province". Citing sources, media described it as a military jet belonging to the USA troops.

Large swathes of the rural areas in Ghazni province are controlled or under the influence of Taliban militants making access to the area hard for officials.

The jet went down in the Taliban-controlled area on Monday, Ariana News said, citing Interior Ministry.

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However, the airline's acting CEO, Mirwais Mirzakwal, told Reuters that the crashed aircraft did not belong to the company.

"Ariana planes that have left, have reached their destination and have not crashed", an official for the airline was quoted as saying by BBC.

The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly cold in winter.

Afghanistan's aviation industry suffered desperately during the rule of the Taliban, when Ariana was subject to strict sanctions and only allowed to fly to Saudi Arabia.

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