Afghanistan plane crash: Passenger jet ‘carrying 83 people’ crashes in Taliban area

Casualties are feared after a plane reportedly carrying more than 80 people crashed and burst into flames in Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan.

Local officials said a Boeing 737-400 belonging to Ariana Afghan Airlines went down in remote and mountainous Deh Yak district in eastern Ghazni province.

But the state-owned airline has said it was not operating the flight.

The fate of the passengers and crew was unknown and there were conflicting reports about the departure city and destination.

Local media said 83 people were on board when the plane went down south-west of Kabul at about 1.15pm local time on Monday.

According to reports, members of the Taliban were at the crash site and attempting to put out a fire, and Afghan special forces were on their way to the scene.

Journalist Bilal Sarwary wrote on Twitter that the plane crashed about nine miles from the centre of Deh Yak district in an area under Taliban control.

He added: “After the crash, there was a big deafening noise, Taliban now trying to put an end to the fire, TWO tribal elders in the area tells me.”

Local officials said the plane belonged to Ariana Afghan Airlines. The airline rejected those claims and said all of its planes had landed safely.

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