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25 Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

An Afghan army helicopter crashed in Farah Province, Afghanistan, on October 31st.

The incident happened when the aircraft was carrying twenty-five people from Anar Dara district of Farah Province to Herat province.

All occupants of the aircraft were killed in the crash. The deceased include the deputy corps commander of the western zone and local politicians.

Authorities believe the accident happened due to bad weather.

8 Killed after Afghan Military Helicopter Crashes in Baghlan Province

A military helicopter crashed in Dand-e-Ghori district of Baghlan province, Afghanistan, on October 9th.

The helicopter was supplying a military base when it caught fire and crashed.

There were eight people aboard at the time, including five crew members and three army soldiers; all of them were killed in the crash.

Afghan defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the accident happened due to a technical issue.

SilkWay Cargo Flight Crashes at Airport killing 2 of 9 aboard.

A SilkWay Airlines cargo flight crashed while departing from Dwyer Airport in Afghanistan. There were no passengers, and the crew consisted of five Azerbaijani, three Ukranians, and a Uzbek captain. Two of nine people did not survive the crash, although reports don’t yet say which two. The accident occurred at 6:30 PM on May 18. The plane had been chartered from Silkway Airlines to deliver goods in Afghanistan. The accident is under investigation.

5 Killed after NATO helicopter Crashes in Kabul

A helicopter crashed at NATO’s Resolute Support Mission headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 11.

Authorities said the British Puma Mk 2 helicopter crashed while landing at the headquarters.

Five people were killed in the crash. The deceased include 2 U.S. service members, 2 British service members and a French civilian contractor. Their names have not yet been released.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Plane Crash Investigation Reveals Cause

On April 29, we reported the National Air Cargo flight that crashed when it’s load shifted and the plane stalled. Federal investigators and Boeing experts went to Afghanistan to to assist in the investigation.

On Jun 2nd 2013, the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation of Afghanistan investigation announced officially that it was the weight of three armored vehicles and two mine sweepers 80 tons––of shifting cargo that caused the plane to crash.

The wiring in the back of the plane was cut by impact with the cargo, leaving the pilots helpless to control the plane.

There were no survivors.

As a result of the April Crash, on May 17, 2013 Boeing issued the following SAFO:

Cargo Boeing Crashes in Bagram

Contact photographer Shawn Byers

A National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 on a cargo flight from Bagram to Dubai Al Maktoum crashed with 7 crew (including 4 pilots, 2 mechanics,) and cargo shortly after takeoff.

The National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 had just lifted off and was climbing when it crashed. The crash resulted in a fire.

National Airlines President Glen Joerger was quoted saying that “This is a devastating loss for our family and we’ll work diligently with authorities to find the cause,” said Joerger. “Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crewmembers and their families.”

The NTSB and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority are investigating.

Turkish Helicopter Crashes Killing a Dozen Military, Plus Civilians on the ground

What: Turkish Army Sikorsky S-70A-28 (CH-60)
Where: Bagrami district, Kabul
When: Mar 16, 2012, 10:25 a.m.
Who: 10 fatalities aboard, 2 on the ground
Why: The Turkish (Turk Kara Ordusu Havaciligi) helicopter crashed into a house in Bagrami District. A dozen Turkish troopers aboard the helicopter were killed. The number reported as being inside the house varies from 2 (children) to a total of eight residents. The Herald Sun reported five bodies. One report says a female casualty may have been aboard the helicopter.

The crash is attributed to a malfunction, and not to any military action.

Grisly descriptions of the scene of the crash indicate the bodies of the military victims were decimated into parts. The bodies of two girls from but not in the multi-story brick house have been recovered. The house is described as “scorched” “a smoking hole” and with “several large holes.” A woman and a Turkish boy were injured.

Illushin IL-76 Hits Mountain in Afghanistan

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Contact photographer Matthias Bindseil

What: Silk Way Airlines Illushin IL-76TD en route from Baku Azerbaijan to Bagram Air Force Base Afghanistan
Where: Bagram Afghanistan
When: Jul 6th 2011
Who: 9 crew
Why: Carrying 18 tons of automobiles and trailers, the flight took off from Baku and lost radar contact 13.5 miles from Kabul. The plane struck a mountain near Akhshay in the Ghorband/Syahgerd district at 19:40 on Jul 5th. Eight bodies were recovered at 12,500 feet.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The distict chief of Siagerd stated publicly that there was a big explosion heard when the plane struck the mountain.

Air Cargo Crash in Kabul

Pictured: A United Nations (Transafrik) L-100-20 Hercules
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Contact photographer Serge Bailleul

What: National Air Cargo/Transafrik International Hercules L-100 en route from Bagram Air Base to Kabul
Where: 25-30km east of Kabul
When: Oct 12th 2010, around 19:30
Who: 7 crew (six Philipinos, an Indian, a Kenyan—all fatalities)
Why: While en route, the airplane disappeared from radar about 6nm northeast of the airfield. The flight impacted a mountain in the Pol-e Charkhi area .

Rescue teams are en route to the high altitude location.

Antonov Crash in Kabul

What: Pamir Airways Antonov AN-24 en route from Kundus to Kabul Afghanistan
Where: Kabul on May 17th 2010
When: May 17th 2010
Who: 38 passengers and 6 crew
Why: Lost connection with ATC 40 minutes from the airport. The wreckage, found at Salang Pass, displayed no sign of life.

Pamir Flight Lost in Mountain Pass

Pictured: A Pamir Airways flight. This one is a Boeing 737-4Y0 over Dubai, not the plane involved in the crash
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Contact photographer Szabo Gabor

What: Pamir Airways Antonov 24B en route from Kunduz to Kabul
Where: Salang Pass (Afghanistan)
When: May 17, 2010
Who: 5 crew 38 passengers
Why: While embarking on a flight in poor weather, the plane disappeared from radar while en route. The wreckage was found in a mountainous region (Salang Pass.) Recovery efforts are impeded by location, and current weather conditions which are snowy/rainy.

ACT Airbus Last Flight

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Contact photographer Jussi Seppala

What: ACT Airlines Airbus A300B4-200 en route from Bahrain to Bagram
Where: Afghanistan
When: Mar 1 2010
Who: 5 crew
Why: On landing, the left main gear collapsed, and the plane landed on its left wing, rear fuselage and right main gear. It remains to be seen if it was a high speed landing, or a collapse due to hydraulic failure. Substantial damage was incurred, but fortunately there were no injuries reported.

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