Afghan officials say searchers have spotted wreckage from a passenger plane that crashed in the mountains near Kabul Monday with 43 people on board.

In a statement Thursday, NATO said the wreckage was located at approximately 4,100 meters in the  Shakar Darah district of Kabul province.  Photos from NATO and Afghan search aircraft show the plane broken into four pieces strewn across a steep mountainside.

Six foreigners, including British, Turkish and American citizens, were on board when the plane crashed earlier this week while on its way from the northern city of Kunduz to the Afghan capital.

Afghan officials say they plan to launch a ground and air operation to reach the crash site.  Poor weather and rugged terrain have hampered the search for victims.

Privately-owned Pamir Airways began operations in 1995.  The Afghan airline has daily domestic flights and also flies to Dubai.  Pamir uses a Russian-made Antonov An-24 aircraft on its Kunduz-Kabul route.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.