Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 19 March 1998
Time:ca 13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-228
Operator:Ariana Afghan Airlines
Registration: YA-FAZ
C/n / msn: 22288/1712
First flight: 1981-01-22 (17 years 2 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) S of Kabul Airport (KBL) (   Afghanistan) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kandahar Airport (KDH/OAKN), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Kabul Airport (KBL/OAKB), Afghanistan
Narrative:
The Boeing 727 passenger jet operated on a flight from Sharjah to Kabul via Kandahar. The plane was descending for Kabul when it struck Shakh-e Barantay Mountain 300 feet below the summit. The weather was poor with rain and snow.
Shakh-e Barantay is a 8,696 ft (2,651 m) high mountain peak. Kabul airfield elevation is about 5,877 ft (1,791 m).


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Flight International 13-19.01.1999
» Tommy Maurer


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Distance from Kandahar Airport to Kabul Airport as the crow flies is 460 km (287 miles).

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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