Three British Security Contractors Are Killed in Afghan Plane Crash

The Evening Standard (London, England), May 18, 2010 | Go to article overview

Three British Security Contractors Are Killed in Afghan Plane Crash


Byline: Rashid Razaq

THREE Britons, believed to be security contractors, are among more than 40 people feared dead after a passenger plane crashed in mountains in northern Afghanistan.

Daniel Saville from Manchester, David Taylor from Staffordshire and Chris Carter, whose address is unknown, were aboard the Pamir Airways flight which came down in heavy fog over the Hindu Kush yesterday.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by bad weather with search teams forced to turn back because of snow and poor visibility.

The turbo-prop Antonov AN-24 was en route from the northern city of Kunduz to the capital Kabul when contact was lost with air traffic controllers.

Nato sent up a plane and two helicopters but Captain Robert Leese said the aircraft got within four miles of the crash site before they had to turn back. About 70 rescuers then set out on foot to look for the wreckage. He said: "All eyes were searching for the plane but the fog was so bad you couldn't tell where the mountain began and the fog ended. …

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