Date: March 19th, 1998
Type: 727
Operator: Ariana Airlines
Where: Kabul Afghanistan
Report No.: Not Available
Report Date: -
Pages: -

This is not an accident investigation report.

Afghan passenger plane crashes, all 22 on board said killed 20 March 1998 Web posted at: 04:05 JST, Tokyo time (19:05 GMT)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A passenger jet crashed about 20 miles south of the Afghan capital today, killing all 22 people on board, Afghan officials said.

The Boeing 727, part of the fleet of Afghanistan's state-run Ariana airlines, was carrying 11 crew members and 11 passengers, two of whom had begun their flight in the United Arab Emirates. It was not known whether there were any foreigners on board. One of the passengers was an official of Afghanistan's Taliban religious army. His identity wasn't immediately known. There was no information on what caused the crash, although skies en route were believed to be overcast. The aircraft left Kandahar, 210 miles south of Kabul, at noon and crashed near Musay in eastern Logar province. Kabul's combined military and civilian airport is not equipped with radar, and the plane was seven hours late before authorities learned it had crashed.

The communications systems in both Kandahar and in Kabul are antiquated and have been devastated by war.