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Russian flight carrying 6 disappears over Afghanistan, crash reported

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Russian aviation authorities said on Sunday that a Russian-registered charter plane carrying six people disappeared from radar screens over Afghanistan.

Afghan police said they received reports of a crash. Russian aviation authorities said in a statement that the plane was a charter ambulance flight traveling from Thailand’s Utapao Airport in Pattaya to Moscow via India and Uzbekistan on a French-made Dassault Aviation Falcon 10 jet manufactured in 1978.

The Afghan provincial police spokesperson said in a statement the crash had taken place overnight in a remote, mountainous region of Badakhshan in Afghanistan's far north.

A report by the Russian news outlet SHOT, citing an unnamed source, said about 25 minutes before the plane vanished from radar screens, the pilot warned that fuel was running low and that the plane would try to land at an airport in Tajikistan.

The pilot then reported that one engine had stopped, and then that the second one had also stopped, the report added.

Afghanistan media initially reported that the crashed plane was of Indian origin and was en route to Moscow.

However, Indian authorities clarified that none of India’s regular flights fly that route.

Ministry of Civil Aviation on Sunday said “The plane is neither an Indian Scheduled Aircraft nor a Non-Scheduled (NSOP)/Charter aircraft.”

“It is a Moroccan-registered small aircraft,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation added.

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