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Last updated: 19 October 2017
Date:Monday 9 February 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 26
Operator:Democratic Republic of Afghanistan Air Force (DRAAF)
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Khost Airport (KHT) (   Afghanistan)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Khost Airport (KHT/OAKS), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Kabul Airport (KBL/OAKB), Afghanistan
An Antonov 26 transport plane was shot down by Afghan mujahedin guerrillas.
The guerrillas claimed that 15 Afghan officers, 22 soldiers and six crew members were killed in the crash. The government said that the plane was carrying 30 civilians and six crew members.

» Aviation Letter 244
» NY Times 10-2-1981
» AP 9-2-1987


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Khost Airport to Kabul Airport as the crow flies is 152 km (95 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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