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Wreckage of Missing Afghan Plane Found Near Kabul - No Survivors


The wreckage of an Afghan passenger plane missing since Thursday was found today (Saturday) in mountains 20 kilometers east of the capital, and NATO and Afghan officials say all 104 people on board appear to have died.

Airline officials say there were 23 foreign nationals aboard the aircraft, including nine Turks and six Americans. Four Russian crew members were also on board.

Afghan Transport Minister Enayatullah Qasemi told the Associated Press the cause of the crash remains unknown.

The plane was traveling from the western city of Herat to Kabul, but was turned away from the capital's airport because of a severe snow storm. Officials say the pilot had contacted an airport in neighboring Pakistan for permission to land, then was not heard from again.

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