1998 Ariana Afghan Airlines crash
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (August 2012)|
YA-FAZ, the aircraft involved in the accident.
|Date||19 March 1998|
|Summary||Pilot error, controlled flight into terrain|
|Site||Sharki Baratayi Mountain|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 727-228|
|Operator||Ariana Afghan Airlines|
|Flight origin||Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates|
|Last stopover||Kandahar Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan|
|Destination||Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan|
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.
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.