Russian ambulance flight vanishes in Afghanistan, prompts urgent search

A Russian-registered plane, a charter ambulance flight from India to Moscow, disappears over Afghanistan, raising concerns.The Afghan provincial police spokesperson disclosed that reports of a crash had been received in Badakhshan province, situated in the far north of Afghanistan.

On Sunday, Russian aviation authorities reported the disappearance of a Russian-registered plane with six presumed passengers over Afghanistan, following indications of a crash relayed by local Afghan police. The aviation authorities stated that the aircraft was a charter ambulance flight, travelling from India through Uzbekistan to Moscow. The plane, a 1978 French-made Dassault Aviation Falcon 10 jet, vanished from radar screens, prompting concerns about the safety of those on board.

The Afghan provincial police spokesperson disclosed that reports of a crash had been received in Badakhshan province, situated in the far north of Afghanistan. Zabihullah Amiri, a spokesperson for Badakhshan’s provincial government, revealed that a team had been dispatched to the remote crash site, located over 200 km (124 miles) from the provincial capital Fayzabad. Due to the challenging terrain, the team faced a daunting 12-hour journey to reach the location.

Details surrounding the incident remained scarce, with no confirmed information on the type of plane, the cause of the crash, or any casualties. The crash reportedly occurred overnight in a mountainous region of Badakhshan, adding to the complexity of the search and rescue efforts.

India’s civil aviation authority weighed in, stating that the plane involved in the crash was neither a scheduled commercial flight nor an Indian chartered aircraft. The authority noted that more details were awaited, emphasizing the need for thorough investigation and information gathering.

The aircraft manufacturer, Dassault, did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside of normal business hours. The lack of immediate communication from the manufacturer added to the uncertainty surrounding the incident, leaving authorities and the public anxious for updates.

As the situation unfolds, the international aviation community is likely to closely monitor developments surrounding this mysterious disappearance and crash in Afghanistan. Questions regarding the circumstances leading to the incident, the fate of those on board, and the overall safety and oversight of charter flights will undoubtedly be at the forefront of investigations in the days to come.

 As the search and rescue efforts continue, international cooperation will play a crucial role in piecing together the events leading to the plane’s disappearance and providing closure to the families of those on board. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges and risks associated with aviation, especially in regions with difficult terrains and limited access.