Afghan passenger plane crashes with 44 on board
KABUL Afghanistan – An Afghan passenger plane carrying 44 people, including 6 foreigners, crashed Monday in a mountainous northern region where poor weather was hampering efforts to locate it, officials said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Rescuers were on their way to the crash site near the 12,700-foot -high Salang Pass, a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains that connects the capital to the north. The plane, on a flight from the northern city of Kunduz, went down about 60 miles from Kabul, said Kabul International Airport Police Chief Mohammad Asif Jabar Khil.

Mr. Zemeri Bashary, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said the plane was operated by Pamir Airways, a private Afghan airline. The Afghan government asked NATO for assistance, he added.

NATO said a manned fixed-wing aircraft had been dispatched to the last known position of the missing plane but poor weather was hampering the aerial search.

2 NATO helicopters have been dispatched to the area and other helicopters with the international coalition are on standby at Bagram Air Field and the Kabul airport to help in any rescue effort, NATO said in a statement.

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