NO, Not an Indian plane but a Moroccan-registered small aircraft was crashed in Afghanistan, the DGCA confirms.

Claim

An Indian passenger plane crashed in the mountains of Topkhana alongside the districts of Kuran-Munjan and Zibak in Badakhshan province, said the head of the department of information and culture in Badakhshan, Zabihullah Amiri. He said that a team has been sent to the area to investigate the incident. According to the locals, the plane crashed on Sunday morning. #TOLOnews

 

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Explanation

An Afghanistan-based television news channel TOLOnews’s post went viral on X (formerly Twitter), and the channel claimed that, according to Zabihullah Amiri, head of Badakhshan province’s department of information and culture, an Indian passenger plane crashed in the highlands of Topkhana, close to the districts of Kuran-Munjan and Zibak.

Many foreign media claimed and reported the same which can be seen here, here, here, and here.

What is the Truth?

We ran a keyword search and found a statement tweeted from the official X handle of the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Ministry tweeted and clarified that “the unfortunate plane crash that has just occurred in Afghanistan is neither an Indian Scheduled Aircraft nor a Non Scheduled (NSOP)/Charter aircraft. It is a Moroccan-registered small aircraft. More details are awaited.”

The same was reported by many Indian media outlets, such as TOI, CNBC TV18, The Times Now, and Mint.

In addition, a number of media outlets reported that the downed aircraft was a tiny, Moroccan-registered Dassault Falcon DF-10. The aircraft is an air ambulance, and was refuelling at Gaya Airport on its route from Thailand to Moscow. It’s not one of the carriers’ aircraft from India.

Conclusion

The plane that crashed in Afghanistan was a Moroccan, not an Indian passenger plane.

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