Rescuers locate Afghan plane crash area
Afghan and Nato rescuers yesterday located the area where an Afghan passenger plane crashed with 43 people on board, including three Britons and an American, an official said.
More than 24 hours after the plane lost radio contact over the treacherous Hindu Kush mountains, the prospect of finding survivors appeared slim as anguished relatives gathered at the foot of the mountain-pass near Salang.
The ageing Pamir Airways Antonov 24 turboprop plane was en route from the northern province of Kunduz to Kabul when it came down in bad weather, although officials said it was too early to rule on the cause of the crash.
"We have managed to locate the crash area," Yalda Natiq, head of communications at the transport ministry, told AFP.
"It is in northern Salang but due to fog, bad weather and poor visibility the reconnaissance plane and helicopters now cannot pinpoint the wreckage," she added. The area is one of harsh mountain terrain.