A Plane Crashed in the Eastern Ghazni Province of Afghanistan: Officials
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A Plane Crashed in the Eastern Ghazni Province of Afghanistan: Officials

By IndraStra Global News Team

According to Aref Noori, Ghazni's governor's spokesman, "On January 27, 2020, A Boeing 737-400 belonging to Afghanistan's state-owned Ariana Afghan Airline, has crashed in the Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni province around 1:10 pm (08.40 GMT) local time."  Later, local media reports started claiming a total of 83 people were on board the plane at the time of the crash.

However, Ariana Airlines has denied reports by Afghan officials that one of its planes had crashed in the eastern Ghazni province. "There has been an airline crash but it does not belong to Ariana because the two flights managed by Ariana today from Herat to Kabul and Herat to Delhi are safe," the airline's acting CEO Mirwais Mirzakwal Mirzakwal told Reuters news agency. 

Afghanistan's Civil Aviation Authority also said in a Facebook post that it had received no reports of a civilian airliner going down, raising the possibility that it was a military or cargo aircraft that had crashed.

The conflicting accounts could not immediately be reconciled, and the number of people on board and their fate was not immediately known, nor was the cause of the crash.

The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush Mountains and is currently under the Taliban's control. The last major commercial air crash in Afghanistan occurred in 2005 when a Kam Air Flight 904 originated from western city of Herat to the capital Kabul crashed into the mountains as it tried to land in snowy weather, The crash killed all 96 passengers and 8 crew on board.

This is a developing story: We'll give updates on the situation as we learn more.

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