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NATO Engineers to Build Helipad Near Crashed Afghan Airliner


The NATO-led international force in Afghanistan is preparing to build a helipad near the site of last week's crash of an Afghan airliner that killed all 104 people onboard.

A spokesman says the aim is to speed up the investigation and the recovery of bodies from the crash site, which is at an altitude of nearly 3,000 meters on a mountain near Kabul.

Bad weather so far has hampered efforts to search for the black box and retrieve bodies from the wreckage.

The Boeing 737, operated by private Afghan airline Kam Air, vanished from the radar screen last Thursday as it was approaching Kabul airport during a blizzard.

The French News Agency, AFP, says the United Nations has grounded another Boeing 737 hired from Kam Air.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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