Dutch helicopters in search for doomed jet
4 February 2005AMSTERDAM — Four Dutch helicopters were drafted in on Friday to join the search for the Afghan passenger jet that disappeared on Thursday.
4 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Four Dutch helicopters were drafted in on Friday to join the search for the Afghan passenger jet that disappeared on Thursday.
The Apache ground-attack helicopters are part of the Nato-led stablisation force in the Afghan capital Kabul. Bad weather prevented Nato troops and aircraft beginning the search sooner.
The Dutch helicopters would, the Defence Minsitry in The Hague said, try to locate the plane or debris by visual observations and the use of heat-detecting equipment. Troops and unmanned spotter planes are also being used in the search.
But by early afternoon on Friday there were reports wreckage had been found.
The Kam Air Boeing 737 with 104 people on board was flying from the western Afghan city of Herat to Kabul when the pilot indicated he was diverted to Pakistan to avoid a severe snow storm. The Pakistani authorities have said the plane never entered Pakistan's airspace.
The last radar images of the jet put it about five miles from Kabul, a city ringed by high mountains.
"So far we have no report that the plane has landed anywhere," Shah Mahmoud Miakhel, a deputy Afghan interior minister was quoted as saying in the media. "It did not have so much fuel to enable it to fly far, so it may have crashed."
[Copyright Expatica News and Novum Nieuws 2005]
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