Owners of Afghan crash plane blame weather
KABUL/DUBAI: The owners of a Boeing 737 that crashed near Kabul last week with the loss of 104 lives believe bad weather caused the accident, not any fault with the airliner, an official of the firm said on Wednesday.
“The plane crashed in Kabul due to bad weather and not safety issues, it was unfortunate but not our fault,” said a manager at Phoenix Aviation, a firm based at Sharjar in the United Arab Emirates that leased the doomed aircraft to Afghan firm Kam Air.
The comments came after a UN agency in Afghanistan said it had suspended a lease contract it had with Phoenix Aviation for another Boeing 737 as a safety precaution after last Thursday’s crash southeast of the Afghan capital.
“It’s more of a precaution than anything else as the Kam Air flight was a plane leased from Phoenix Aviation,” said Charles Vincent, Kabul representative of the World Food Programmeme, which manages the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).
He stressed the move was not prompted by a specific security concern. reuters