Thu, Feb 10, 2005
Say Blizzard-Like Conditions Brought Down 737-200
The Afghan owners of a Boeing 737-200 that went down east of
Kabul a week ago blame the weather. The accident killed all 104
passengers and crew, whose remains are at a mountain site more than
11,000 feet above sea level.
"The plane crashed in Kabul due to bad weather and not safety
issues, said a manager at Phoenix Aviation, owner of Kam Air. "It
was unfortunate, but it was not our fault." He was quoted by
As a precaution, however, Kam Air has reportedly suspended its
lease on another 737 in the wake of last Thursday's accident.
"It's more a precaution than anything else," said Charles
Vincent. He's the UN's World Food Program representative in Kabul.
"It's normal procedure after a plane crash to review the safety of
the plane and the company that supplies it. It's for the clients'
peace of mind," he told Reuters.
But is that true? Not according to
that manager at Phoenix, who didn't want to be identified. He told
the wire service that the UAE-based company had expected its
contract with the UN and, in turn, with Kam Air, would be trashed
because of "management problems."
The Kam Air 737-200 (file photo of type, right) was on its way
from Herat to Kabul when it was turned away because of bad weather
and the lack of a precision approach at the capital's airport. It
fell off radar in high mountains about 20-miles east of Kabul. US
officials who run the Bagram Air Base north of Kabul said they
received no request from the 737's crew for permission to land
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