NewsMystery of crashed Moroccan plane in Afghanistan, initially mistaken for Indian

Mystery of crashed Moroccan plane in Afghanistan, initially mistaken for Indian

Airplane, illustrative photo
Airplane, illustrative photo
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4:05 AM EST, January 21, 2024

Local police and Afghan provincial authorities claim that the plane, while en route from India to Moscow, crashed in the Wakhan region of Badakhshan. According to the Taliban's Information and Culture Chief in Badakhshan, the passenger plane went down in the Topkhaneh mountains, encompassing the districts of Karan, Manjan, and Zibak in the province.

Initially, Afghan media reported that the plane had originated from India and was destined for Moscow.

Contradicting this, Indian authorities clarified that none of their regular flights follow this route. The Ministry of Civil Aviation, after investigating whether the plane was private or chartered, asserted that "the plane is neither an Indian scheduled aircraft nor a non-scheduled (NSOP)/chartered aircraft".

Further confirmation was provided by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which stated, "The plane that crashed in the Topkhaneh mountains next to the districts of Kuran-Munjan and Zibak in Badakhshan province was a DF 10 registered in Morocco".

Upon hearing of the crash, the Indian government dispatched a team to investigate. Reports have suggested potential fatalities. Although it's confirmed that the airplane was a passenger plane, the number of passengers on board remains unknown.

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