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The plane crashed in Badakhshan, a region of Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan, China and Pakistan .

Agence France-Presse

Four people were found alive, while two others remained missing on Sunday after a Russian Falcon plane crashed in a mountainous area of ​​northeastern Afghanistan, the agency said Federal Civil Aviation Authority of Russia, Rossaviatsia.

The local ground search and rescue service found the Falcon 10 aircraft , first indicated Rossaviatsia in a latest press release.

Of the six people who were on board the plane, four are estimated to be alive (suffering from various injuries), and the fate of two people is being verified, Rossaviatsia continued. .

Afghan authorities have also confirmed this toll on their side.

The pilot has been found, we can read in a press release from the Afghan Ministry of Transport and Aviation on X (formerly Twitter).

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According to pilot, four people on board, including him, are alive. The search team […] is looking for the other people.

A quote from the Afghan Ministry of Transport and Aviation

According to Rossaviatsia, a Falcon 10 aircraft registered in Russia and manufactured in 1978 by the group French Dassault Aviation had stopped communicating and disappeared from radar screens on Saturday evening over Afghanistan.

The business jet is owned by Athletic Group LLC and an individual, according to this source.

At the time of purchase ;accident, the plane was carrying out a chartered medical flight between Gaya (India), Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Zhukovsky (Russia), said Rossaviatsia.

According to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti, the plane was on a private flight with on board a bedridden patient in serious condition and her husband who had paid for the flight, these two people being Russian citizens of ;after this source.

The Russian Investigative Committee has indicated that it is opening an investigation.

Earlier Sunday, an official from the Information department of Badakhshan province in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Amiri, for his part explained to AFP that he had been informed by villagers that #x27;a plane crashed in this region, bordering Tajikistan, China and Pakistan.

The accident occurred in a mountainous area, difficult to access, of this province crossed by the Hindu Kush massif, with peaks reaching more than 7,000 meters.

The accident area is about an eight-hour drive from the provincial capital of Faizabad, Amiri said.

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