Mon, Feb 07, 2005
All Aboard Kam Air 737 Presumed Dead
NATO troops in
Afghanistan Sunday were unable to reach the crash site where all
104 passengers aboard a Kam Air 737 are thought to have died
"Helicopters have been flying all around the area, but we
haven't been able to get any troops in... the cliffs are so steep,"
said ISAF spokeswoman Karen Tissot van Patot in an interview with
She said ground forces were so hampered by weather and terrain
in their effort to reach the crash site that they decided to stop
and make camp Sunday.
"The troops will camp overnight and set out again in the
morning," said Van Patot.
The aircraft, which was turned away by heavy weather as it tried
to land in Kabul Thursday night, went down in treacherous mountains
outside Kabul. The crash site is reportedly at about 11,000 feet
Military officials in Afghanistan say the approach to Kabul
Airport is tough even on clear days. The airport itself is
surrounded by mountains and there's no precision approach. Crews
have to fly toward the airport, then execute a tight turn to make
The 737's wreckage has been under surveillance by helicopters
flying over the mountains since Friday. The ground search is
expected to continue Monday.
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