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Last updated: 14 August 2020
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Date:Saturday 19 November 1988
Time:20:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26
Operator:Democratic Republic of Afghanistan Air Force - DRAAF
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Parachinar (   Pakistan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kabul Airport (KBL/OAKB), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Jalalabad Airport (JAA/OAJL), Afghanistan
Narrative:
An Antonov An-26 transport aircraft of the Afghan Air Force, crashed near Parachinar, Pakistan. All on board were killed.
According to Afghanistan officials the Antonov, with 25 passengers and 5 crew members on board, suffered mechanical problems and crossed the border with Pakistan.
Pakistani officials stated that the airplane failed to identify itself. Conflicting reports indicate the aircraft was either shot down by surface-to-air missiles or by a Pakistani General Dynamics F-16A jet.

Conflicting news reports indicated 27, 30 or 34 fatalities.

Sources:
» Pakistani Air-to-Air Victories
» New York Times
» Aviation Letter 265


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Distance from Kabul Airport to Jalalabad Airport as the crow flies is 119 km (74 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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Antonov An-26

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  • 59th loss
  • 33rd fatal accident
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