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    9 believed dead in Kabul plane crash

    KABUL(PAN): Nine crewmembers were believed to have been killed after a cargo plane crashed into mountains east of Kabul on Tuesday, an official said.

    The aircraft, under contractual agreement with foreign troops, was en rout to Kabul airport from the Bagram airfield in central Parwan province where it had delivered logistic supplies to NATO-led forces from Pakistan, president of the Kabul International Airport, Muhammad Yaqub Rassuli, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    He said radar contact with the transport aircraft, chartered by a private Afghan logistic supply company, was lost soon after it took off from the Bagram airfield.

    According to Rassuli, nine crewmembers were aboard the plane.

    An eyewitness, Sibghatullah, who lives in the area, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that the plane burst into flames after crashing into mountains in the Mahipar pass near a police checkpost. The Mahipar pass is situated on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway.