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Accident description
Last updated: 28 May 2016
Date:Thursday 3 February 2005
Time:ca 15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-242
Operating for:Kam Air
Leased from:Phoenix Aviation
Registration: EX-037
C/n / msn: 22075/630
First flight: 1980-01-04 (25 years 1 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A (HK3)
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 96 / Occupants: 96
Total:Fatalities: 104 / Occupants: 104
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 km (20 mls) ESE of Kabul (   Afghanistan)
Crash site elevation: 3368 m (11050 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Herat Airport (HEA/OAHR), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Kabul-Khwaja Rawash Airport (KBL/OAKB), Afghanistan
Flightnumber: 904
Kam Air flight 904 was approaching Kabul in extremely low visibility conditions. The airplane struck a ridgeline on an easterly heading near the crest of the Chaperi Ghar Mountain about 50 feet down from the very top. The mountain has an altitude of 11,000 feet. The wreckage was found after two days.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Reuters


photo of Boeing 737-242 EX-037
photo of Boeing 737-242 N238TA
N238TA was withdrawn from use in April 2004 and was bought by Phoenix Air as EX-037 in August. Kam Air started using the plane in November.
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
04 JAN 1980 C-GNDR Nordair
31 JAN 1981 N8536Z Wien Air Alaska leased
25 APR 1981 C-GNDR Nordair returned
02 JAN 1987 C-GNDR CP Air airline merged
26 APR 1987 C-GNDR Canadian Airlines International airline merged
25 JUL 1991 N238TA TACA International leased
01 DEC 1991 N238TA Aviateca sub leased
08 SEP 1992 N238TA TACA International returned
07 DEC 1992 N238TA LACSA transferred
20 AUG 1993 N238TA Ecuatoriana sub leased
N238TA TACA International returned
N238TA LACSA transferred
26 AUG 2004 EX-037 Phoenix Aviation
26 OCT 2004 EX-037 Kam Air leased

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 Herat Airport to Kabul-Khwaja Rawash Airport as the crow flies is 638 km (399 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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