September 24, 2021

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Afghan military plane crashes in Uzbekistan

A Defense Ministry spokesman told the AFP on Monday that an Afghan military plane had crashed Sunday evening in Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia that shares a border with Afghanistan.

“The military plane illegally crossed the border into Uzbekistan. An investigation is underway,” said spokesman Bakrom Zulfikarov, who confirmed the Uzbek media reports that the crash had occurred the previous day in the border province of Saur Condorio.

The plane may have departed from Kabul after the Taliban captured the city on Sunday, as foreign nationals and several Afghans made a devastating attempt to flee the country. At the Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul, commercial flights were canceled as runways were flooded by tense Afghans when an airlift was set up.

At the airport, military planes, mainly Americans, evacuated diplomats and their local staff.

Avoid airspace “until further notice”

Meanwhile, the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said on Monday that Afghanistan is leaving the air force and all civilian aircraft are being asked to avoid it. In the process, the first European airline, Lufthansa, and Air France announced that they would avoid excessive travel to Afghanistan “until further notice”. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have indicated that they will no longer use Afghanistan’s airspace.

At a glance (“Airman Notice” or message to Airmans), the ACAA “instructs the aircraft to divert the aircraft”. “Any traffic through Kabul airspace will be unrestricted,” he added.

As for Air France, skipping Afghanistan modifies flights to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Delhi and Singapore. France has sent two C130 and A400M transport aircraft to the region with the first air rotation to evacuate Kabul by Monday evening.

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