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Russia- bound aircraft crashed in Afghanistan not Indian, did refueling at Gaya, clarifies Centre

Quoting authorities, news agency AP said a Russian private jet carrying six people is believed to have crashed in a remote area of rural Afghanistan.

The plane had been operating as a charter ambulance flight on a route from Gaya, India, to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, onward to Zhukovsky International Airport in Moscow, as per the report.

The aircraft crashed on Saturday in a mountainous area near Zebak district in Badakhshan province, regional spokesman Zabihullah Amiri said, adding that a rescue team had been dispatched to the area, it added.

As per the report, Badakhshan police chief’s office also confirmed the report of the crash in a statement.

Quoting Russian officials, the report said the plane belongs to Athletic Group LLC and a private individual.

Further, the report quoting Russian civil aviation authorities said the plane “stopped communicating and disappeared from radar screens”.

Earlier, Afghanistan’s television network Tolo News, in a post on X, claimed that an Indian passenger plane crashed in the mountains of Topkhana alongside the districts of Kuran-Munjan and Zibak of Badakhshan province.

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