Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 10 March 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Bakhtar Afghan Airlines
Registration: YA-GAZ
C/n / msn: 395
First flight: 1974
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Shashgow Ghazni (   Afghanistan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Uruzgan Airport (URZ/OARG), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Kabul Airport (KBL/OAKB), Afghanistan
Narrative:
While enroute to Kabul, the weather deteriorated. The pilot chose to climb to FL185 and continue VFR. The aircraft crashed in an area of showers and thunderstorms.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Continued VFR flight in poor weather and a physical impairment (lack of oxygen when flying at high altitude).


Sources:
» The Age - Mar 15, 1983


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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