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Pamir Airlines fate to be decided soon: official

Pamir Airlines fate to be decided soon: official

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May 07, 2011 - 20:48

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The Ministry of Transport and Aviation on Saturday said it would decide the fate of Pamir private airlines soon, after the carrier's failure to provide essential documents to the ministry of a crashed plane.

The Pamir Airways plane went down near the Salang Passinfo-icon, a mountainous area about 60 miles (100km) north of Kabul, on May 17, 2010. Its wreckage was found two days after the crash in Shakarda and Guldara districts. Six foreigners and five crewmembers were among 38 people killed in the incident.

"The airway did not provide us any documents, neither they had carried out any flight over the last two months," the ministry spokesman, Nangyali Qalatwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

On February 26, the acting transport and aviation minister, Daud Ali Najafi, said they had received fake registration documents of a crashed plane belonging to the airlines, and warned it of ban.

An investigation into the plane's documents and the black box examination had revealed the aircraft had been brought from Bulgaria, the acting aviation minister had said.

On March 4, the second vice president, Mohammad Qasim Fahim, gave the airways two months time to continue with its flights.

The ministry officials say they would cancel the airlines registration, if they were not provided with original documents of the crashed plane within two months.

"The ministry will take a decision whether to ban the airlines," Qalatwal said, but did not give further details.

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