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Pamir Airways Flight 112 Crashes In The Hindu Kush Mountains

Shane Nolan

May 17, 2010 - 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, the aircraft an Antonov An-24, registration YA-PIS cashed in the Hindu Kush Mountains in a major mountain pass called Salang Pass which connects northern Afghanistan and Kabul province.  

Flight 112 was on a scheduled flight to Kabul International Airport and was to land at 8:30 AM. Weather conditions in Kabul and its surrounding areas were reported to have been overcast with rain showers.


The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is assisting the Afghan authorities in their search for Flight 112. A manned ISAF fixed-wing aircraft have been dispatched to the last known position of the missing plane. However, poor weather conditions in the area have hampered aerial search. Two ISAF helicopters have been sent out to assist with search efforts. Other ISAF helicopters are also on standby at Bagram Airfield and Kabul International Airport to assist in any rescue effort. The ISAF, in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, conducts operations in Afghanistan to reduce the capability of insurgency.

NATO-led forces are assisting in the search of Flight 112 with the use of pilotless drones. The weather and terrain in this mountains area of Kabul are extremely harsh and it could take some time before the aircraft is located. Close to 100 search and rescue workers have deployed to the 12,700-foot Salang Pass. Colonel Nabiullah, the person who is in charge said that at this point the only way to get in is on foot.

Pamir Airways is one of three major private Afghan airlines that operates mostly domestic routes across Afghanistan. Pamir Airways began May 1995 and is the first private airline in the history of Afghanistan to receive the Air Operator Certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the Islamic Government of Afghanistan.

Pamir Airways derived its name from the one of the highest mountain ranges in the world; the Pamir Mountains located in Afghanistan and throughout Central Asia. The name translates into the "roof of the world."


Initially, Pamir Airways started its operations with one Boeing 707-320 and two AN-12 aircraft. During the past two hajj seasons, Pamir Airways played a major role in successfully serving Afghan pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Pamir Airways carried 9000 pilgrims in 2004 and 15000 pilgrims in 2005.

In April 2008, Pamir airways was taken over by a group of prominent Afghan businessmen. The current chairman of Pamir Airways is Sherkhan Farnood.

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