Plane Crash At Jalalabad Airport Leave Three Dead, 37 Wounded
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) _ An Ariana airliner crashed today while trying to make an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, killing three people and injuring 37 others, airport officials said.
The Antonov-26 was carrying 47 passengers and a crew of seven from the Afghan capital of Kabul to the eastern city of Jalalabad, 75 miles away, when it lost power in both engines, said Haji Kalan, an official at the Jalalabad airport.
The aircraft was circling the airport on a final approach, he said, adding that moments before the crash, pilot Nek Mohammed had reported the trouble to the tower and was given clearance for an emergency landing.
Mohammed said the brakes also failed upon landing. The plane skidded into a ditch at the western edge of the airport.
Ariana, Afghanistan’s national air carrier, resumed flights into Kabul’s combined military and civilian airport earlier this year.
A civil war in Afghanistan had virtually closed the airport for nearly three years. It reopened last March after President Burhanuddin Rabbani’s forces pushed their nearest rival out of firing range of the city.
Since the fighting has also damaged the country’s main highway, air transportation is one of the few means of travel in Afghanistan.