Afghan Plane Crash Killed 8 Crew Members

October 13, 2010

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Six Filipinos, one Indian national and a Kenyan were killed on Tuesday when a cargo plane crashed outside Afghanistan's capital Kabul, the Afghan army said on Wednesday.

The US-based company operating the aircraft, National Air Cargo, said the civilian cargo transport plane was en route from the US Bagram Air Base to Kabul when it hit a mountain 20-30 km (15-20 miles) east of Kabul.

Dozens of Afghan soldiers from a nearby base were deployed to scour the crash site while others provided security. Remains of the plane could be seen from a distance with black smoke still smouldering from the mountain face where aircraft crashed.

Rescuers were carrying remains of the crew in body bags, walking long distance to reach the army ambulances.

The plane had been operating in Afghanistan for about one month, ferrying logistic support for the NATO-led troops from Bagram airbase to the southeastern province of Paktika, according to Afghan army Colonel Abdul Wase.

"I saw it from the base, the plane was burning for several hours last night," Abdul Hakeem, a soldier at the site, said. The plane appeared to have caught fire before it crashed, he said.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation, civilian aviation authority said.

(Reuters)