Breaking: Aircraft Crashes In Taliban Controlled Afghanistan

An aircraft of unknown origin has crashed in Afghanistan. The aircraft, originally believed to be operated by Ariana Airlines when it came down near the Afghan capital of Kabul. However, later reports show images that suggest it was a Bombardier E-11A, on a mission for the US Air Force. The aircraft is said to have come down in a Taliban controlled area.

Bombardier E-11A
The plane is thought to be a Bombardier E-11A operating on behalf of the US Air Force. Photo: Air Combat Command

Aircraft crashes in Afghanistan

Rescuers are fearing the worst after an unidentified aircraft went down in a remote area of Afghanistan. The aircraft came down in a mountainous area in the Deh Yak district in eastern Ghazni province.

The flight was said to be operated by Afghan state airline, Ariana Airlines, when originally reported by CNBC. In fact, the publication reports Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor’s office in Ghazni city, as saying,

“A Boeing plane belonging to the Ariana Afghan Airline, has crashed in the Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni province around 1:10 p.m. local time.”

However, the BBC is reporting that the airline has denied it is their aircraft. The BBC further says that a spokesman told local media that the jet had crashed due to technical reasons.

Not our aircraft

Reuters has obtained a statement from the acting CEO of Ariana Airlines, Mirwais Mirzakwal, denying that any of its aircraft are unaccounted for. He said,

“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.”

Other sources are reporting that Taliban outlets are claiming a US aircraft was shot down in the area.

Reports are also coming in that perhaps there were no civilian passengers on board at all.

Further images have emerged on social media claiming to be of the downed airliner. If the images are indeed genuine, it looks unlikely that it was a Boeing 737 of any description.

Sources are claiming that this was a Bombardier E-11 which was likely operating on behalf of the US Air Force. There are thought to be no survivors.

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