May 25th, 2010
07:44 AM ET

3 Americans among dead in Afghan plane crash

Three Americans were among the 44 people killed when a plane crashed in a mountainous region of Afghanistan last week, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The three were among 15 non-Afghans on the Pamir Airways plane, which crashed May 17 en route from Kunduz to Kabul.

Along with the Americans, the dead included three Britons, three Pakistanis and three Tajiks. There was no immediate information about the nationalities of the remaining three non-Afghans.

The plane was carrying 38 passengers and six crew members when it crashed at 13,500 feet (4,100 meters) in the Shakar Darah district of Kabul province.

Crews have found the plane's voice and data recorders, which have been passed along to aviation officials working to determine the cause of the crash.

- Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report for CNN.

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  1. diaryofatiredblackman

    What type of plane was this with that UN of personnel?? Hmmm..makes me wonder.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. WendellGee

    It was an old Soviet-era plane. The airline is an Afghan private company. That's the only option for many foreigners in Kunduz, as the safer UN flights are only available to employees of NGOs, and only those NGOs with proper registration with the UN. There were no UN personnel on the plane, as they clearly are eligible to take the UN flights.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • westley

      yeah no nothing

      May 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |