ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-32 registration unknown Khojak Pass
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Date:Tuesday 13 January 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-32
Operator:Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Air Force - IEAAF
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Khojak Pass (   Pakistan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Kandahar Airport (KDH/OAKN), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Herat Airport (HEA/OAHR), Afghanistan
The Antonov was carrying Taliban soldiers from Kandahar to Herat when bad weather at Herat made the crew decide to divert to Quetta, Pakistan. Fuel exhaustion caused the plane to crash 110 km N of Quetta. The Antonov disintegrated on impact.
Some sources reported this plane being an An-12 of Ariana Afghan Airlines. This has not been confirmed. Antonov reported it to be an An-32.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kandahar Airport to Herat Airport as the crow flies is 449 km (281 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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