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No Survivors At Pamir Airways Flight 112 Crash Site In Kabul

By Steve Hall

May 23, 2010 - NATO forces reached Pamir Airways Flight 112 crash site on Friday after a search plane had located the wreckage on Thursday located on a 13,500 foot mountain in Shakar Darah district north of Kabul. Aviation Minister, Mohammadullah Batash reported there are no survivors.

On Monday, May 17th Pamir Airways Flight 112 departed Kunduz International Airport at 8:30 AM local time with 38 passengers and 5 crewmembers onboard. Ten minutes into the flight air traffic control lost radio contact with the Antonov An-24 aircraft, registration YA-PIS.

Due to the location of the plane crash search and rescue teams had to go in by foot. Poor weather conditions and rugged mountain terrain slowed down search teams from getting to the crash site.


At the crash site Afghan military soldiers spent the day collecting body parts that was scattered in and around the wreckage. The Antonov An-24 aircraft slid down a ravine and slammed into a boulder, the aircraft broke into four pieces and aircraft parts were visible across the steep mountainside about 24 miles north of Kabul.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the crash of Pamir Airways Flight 112. Weather conditions at the time of the flight were heavy fog and strong wind conditions.

The Antonov An-24 is a 44-seat twin turboprop transport designed manufactured in the Soviet Union by the Antonov Design Bureau from 1957. First flown in 1959, over 1,000 An-24s were built and 880 are still in service worldwide, mostly in the CIS and Africa, with a total of 297 Antonov An-24 aircraft in airline service, as of May 2010.

It was designed to replace veteran piston Ilyushin Il-14 transport on short to medium haul trips, optimised for operating from rough strips and unprepared airports in remote locations. The high-wing layout protects engines and blades from debris, the power-to-weight ratio is higher than that of many comparable aircraft and the machine is rugged, requiring minimal ground support equipment.


Due to its rugged airframe and good performance, the An-24 was adapted to carry out many secondary missions such as ice reconnaissance and engine/propeller test-bed, as well as further development to produce the An-26 tactical transport, An-30 photo-mapping/survey aircraft and An-32 tactical transport with more powerful engines. Various projects were envisaged such as a four jet short/medium haul airliner and various iterations of powerplant.

The main production line was at the Kiev-Svyatoshin (now "Aviant") aircraft production plant which built 985, with 180 built at Ulan Ude and a further 197 An-24T tactical transport/freighters at Irkutsk. Production in Ukraine and the USSR was shut down by 1978.

Production continues at China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation which makes licenced, reverse-engineered and redesigned aircraft as the Xian [Yunshuji] Y7, and its derivatives. Manufacture of the Y7, in civil form, has now been supplanted by the MA60 derivative with western engines and avionics, to improve performance and economy, and widen the export appeal.
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