Russian plane crash survivors in ‘good health’, says Taliban

Four survivors of the crash of a Moscow-bound charter plane in northern Afghanistan are in good health, Taliban officials said today.

He also said that the bodies of two passengers who died in the accident were being transported to the capital of Afghanistan from a remote location. Russian aviation officials said yesterday that the plane with six people on board disappeared from the radar screen in Afghanistan on Saturday evening. , and Afghan police said they had received reports of an accident in the northern province of Badakhshan. “Four people from the plane that crashed in Badakhshan were transferred to Kabul, medical and rescue workers of the Ministry of Aviation and the Ministry of Defense gave them first aid,” the spokesman for the Taliban government, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a statement. .

Video footage released by Mujahid’s office showed the four men, some with visible facial wounds and one with blood on his clothes, exiting the helicopter with Taliban operatives wearing winter clothing. The video shows an unnamed Taliban official saying that the survivors are in good health.

“Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), last night we found here (where the accident happened), a total of six people were on the plane, four of them are alive and two are dead,” he said. – adding that the body has. found. transferred to Fayzabad, a city in the north of the country, and brought to Kabul. The plane that crashed was on a private medical trip from Pattaya in Thailand, where Russian tourists were traveling to Moscow, Russia’s TASS news agency reported, citing the Russian embassy in Bangkok.

About 25 minutes before the plane disappeared from the radar screen, the pilot warned that it was almost out of fuel and that the plane would try to land at the airport in Tajikistan, the Russian newspaper SHOT reported, citing an anonymous source.

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