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
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.
— Anadolu English (@anadoluagency) January 21, 2024
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 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.
— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) January 21, 2024
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.
The plane that crashed in Afghanistan was a Moroccan, not an Indian passenger plane.