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July 05, 2011

Cargo Plane Crashes North of Afghan Capital; 9 Feared Dead

Officials in Afghanistan say an Azerbaijani cargo plane with nine crew members on board has crashed into a mountain in eastern Afghanistan.

The crash happened late Tuesday in the Sayagred area of Parwan province, north of the capital, Kabul, as the plane was traveling to Bagram air base.

There was no immediate word on casualties, and officials said rescue teams have been sent to the site.

Azerbaijani sources say the plane belonged to Silk Way Airlines.  A NATO spokesman said earlier the plane was not a coalition aircraft.

In October, a civilian cargo plane carrying supplies for NATO forces crashed into a mountain near Kabul, killing all eight people on board.