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Minister warns Pamir Airways of ban

Minister warns Pamir Airways of ban

Feb 26, 2011 - 20:28

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The acting transport and aviation minister on Saturday said they had been provided with fake registration documents of a crashed plane, and warned of banning the airline.

The Pamir Airways plane had gone down near the Salang Passinfo-icon, a mountainous area about 60 miles (100km) north of Kabul, on May 17, 2010. Two days after the crash, search teams found its wreckage in Shakarda and Guldara districts.

Six foreigners and five crewmembers were among 38 people killed in the incident.

An investigation into the plane's documents and the black box examination revealed the aircraft had been brought from Bulgaria, the acting minister, Daud Ali Najafi, told a press conference in Kabul.

"We presented the documents to Bulgarian aviation authorities, who said the plane had been grounded in 2008 and that the documents were not real," Najafi said.

He added the airline had lost its credibility by providing fake documents and would have to face legal action. Najafi said the black box had been sent to Russia. Later, the authorities in Kabul were informed the box was empty.

The black box had either been intercepted or it did not record anything due to technical problems, he believed, adding the case had been referred to the Attorney General's office for investigation.

A lawmaker from Kunduz, Karima Siddiqui who lost two daughters in the crash, asked the government to receive compensation from the carriers for victims.

She also criticised the government for allowing a grounded plane to operate.

Pamir Airways is one of Afghanistaninfo-icon's private carriers and operates mainly domestic flights.


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