Casualties are feared after Afghanistan’s Ariana Airlines reportedly carrying 83 people crashed and burst into flames in Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan.
Arif Noori, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the plane went down around 1:10 p.m. local time in Deh Yak district, which is held by the Taliban. Two provincial council members also confirmed the crash.
A total of 83 people were on board the plane at the time of the crash, according to local media. Their fate was not immediately known, nor was the cause of the crash.
Ariana Airlines, Afghanistan’s national carrier, dismissed the claim that one of their planes had crashed in a statement on their website, saying all their aircraft were operational and safe.
“There has been an airline crash but it does not belong to Ariana because the two flights managed by Ariana today from Herat to Kabul and Herat to Delhi are safe,” Mirzakwal told Reuters.