Passenger plane crashes in Taliban-held area in Afghanistan

The number of people on board and their fate was not immediately known, nor was the cause of the crash.

By Associated Press | Kabul |

Number of people on board, casualties or cause of crash is not known yet

Ariana Airlines denied reports of their aircraft crashing, says planes are safe

The plane crashed in Taliban-held area in Ghazni province’s Deh Yak district

The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly cold in winter. (File picture for representation: Reuters)

A passenger plane crashed on Monday in a Taliban-held area of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, local officials said.

Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the plane went down around 1:10 p.m. local time in Deh Yak district, which is held by the Taliban. Two provincial council members also confirmed the crash.

The number of people on board and their fate was not immediately known, nor was the cause of the crash.

Ariana Airlines, Afghanistan’s national carrier, dismissed the claim that one of their planes had crashed in a statement on their website, saying all their aircraft were operational and safe.

The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush Mountains and is bitterly cold in winter.

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