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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Filipino pilot killed in plane crash near Kabul traced

One of the 6 Filipinos killed in a cargo plane crash near Kabul in Afghanistan was pilot Henry Bulos, according to an ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau source.

Initial information said Bulos was from Lipa City in Batangas. A graduate of the University of the Santo Tomas, Bulos reportedly later worked as a pilot in the Philippine Air Force. He later resigned from military service and worked abroad.

Five bodies have been recovered after the cargo plane crashed in a fireball and plummeted into a mountain crevice near the Afghan capital, Afghan officials said Wednesday.

Afghan officials said late Tuesday that all eight crew members on board the C-130 cargo plane perished in the accident. The other crew members were an Indian and a Kenyan.

"Last night 250 Afghan soldiers were sent to the area to search for the crashed plane. They located the crash site and have recovered five bodies," Afghan defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi told AFP.

Nangyalai Qalatwal, spokesman for the Afghan transport and civil aviation ministry, said the cause of the crash was still unclear.

The plane was operating on behalf of US-based National Air Cargo and had taken off from Bagram, one of the largest US-run military bases in Afghanistan, 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Kabul.

Local aviation officials said the plane was carrying goods on behalf of the US-led NATO force in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), but an ISAF spokesmen say they were still checking those reports.

National Air Cargo told AFP that the aircraft belonged to Trans Afrique, a company based in Ghana.

"We're a customer of theirs and I believe they were on a flight on our behalf," National Air Cargo CEO Preston Murray told AFP by telephone.

Tuesday's accident was the second aviation crash in five months over the treacherous mountains that lie outside Kabul.

On May 17, a commercial passenger jet operated by Afghan airline Pamir Airways slammed into mountains in the Surkh-e-Parsa area of the Shakar Darah mountains, killing all 44 people on board.

In February 2005, a Boeing 737 operated by private company Kam Air also crashed in mountains on the outskirts of Kabul during heavy snow. All 104 people on board, including two dozen foreigners, were killed.

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