NTSB Identification: DCA05RA033.
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Accident occurred Thursday, February 03, 2005 in Kabul, Afghanistan
Aircraft: Boeing 737-200, registration:
Injuries: 104 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.
On February 3, 2005, at about 1050 UTC, Kam Air Flight 904, a Boeing 737-242, registered in Kyrgyzstan as EX-037, was reported missing during a flight from Herat to Kabul, Afghanistan, during conditions of extremely low visibility in the area surrounding Kabul International Airport. It was subsequently located on the top of Chaperi Ghar, an 11,000-foot mountain about 20 miles east southeast of the airport, two days after its disappearance. None of the 104 people on board survived. Kam Air is a company in Kyrgyzstan serving Afghanistan air travel, and the airplane was registered in Kyrgyzstan. It was operated by Phoenix Aviation, headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and there were citizens from Afghanistan, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Iran, and the United States on board. Some of the victims were associated with various humanitarian aid missions helping to rebuild Afghanistan.
The accident flight crew consisted of a captain, first officer, an engineer, and three cabin attendants. According to the operators records the flight crew had been on duty at the time of the accident for 7 hours. According to air traffic control interviews, the flight was uneventful until the aircraft disappeared from radar and communications were lost. The flight crew did not report any failures, malfunctions, or concerns to either the Bagram Approach controller or the Kabul tower controller.
The Safety Board investigation team sent to Afghanistan consisted of a US Accredited Representative and investigators in the specialties of flightcrew operations, aircraft systems and aircraft structures. Other governments represented were Italy, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan. Representatives of Kam Air and Phoenix Aviation, also participated.
The aircraft struck a ridgeline on an easterly heading near the crest of the mountain about 50 feet down from the very top. The most prominent and recognizable piece of wreckage present was the vertical stabilizer and a small portion of the rear fuselage.
Within a 200 foot circle, investigators identified portions of both engines, both wings, the left main landing gear assembly, many aft galley components, the horizontal stabilizer, personal effects, and much miscellaneous debris.
The flight data recorder was found almost immediately, although the cockpit voice recorder has not been located. The FDR eventually yielded no useful data.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Afghanistan. Further information may be obtained from:
Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
Civil Aviation Operations
P.O. Box 165
Fax: (873) 76-1280784
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