1998 Ariana Afghan Airlines crash

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1998 Ariana Afghan Airlines crash
Ariana Afghan Airlines Boeing 727 Durand-1.jpg
YA-FAZ, the aircraft involved in the accident.
Occurrence summary
Date 19 March 1998
Summary Pilot error, controlled flight into terrain
Site Sharki Baratayi Mountain
Passengers 35
Crew 10
Fatalities 45
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 727-228
Operator Ariana Afghan Airlines
Registration YA-FAZ
Flight origin Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Last stopover Kandahar Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Destination Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan

The 1998 Ariana Afghan Airlines crash was a flight operated by an Ariana Boeing 727-200. The flight crashed on approach into Kabul killing all 45 aboard.


The flight departed the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Kabul on an unscheduled flight with a stop in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Whilst descending for Kabul International Airport, the flight struck the Sharki Baratayi Mountain at an altitude of 2,700 ft at 13:00 local time. The crash killed all 10 crew members and 35 passengers. The weather at the time of the accident was poor with snow and rain as well as poor visibility.[1]


The flight was operated by a Boeing 727-228, registered YA-FAZ. The aircraft first flew on the 22 January 1981, meaning at the time of the accident, it was 17.2 years old.