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Bamyan-bound plane forced to divert after MP misses flight

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Bamyan-bound plane forced to divert after MP misses flight

May 24, 2017 - 16:22

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Six airport security officials have been arrested after supporters of a lawmaker did not allow a passenger plane to land at the airport in central Bamyan province.

The KamAir flight with 30 passengers onboard was forced to return back to Kabulinfo-icon after supporters of the lawmaker placed stones on the runaway.

The commander of the first police district of Bamyan City and six border police officers have been arrested for interrogation, Bamyan governor Mohammad Tahir Zuhair told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the flight had taken off from Kabul on Tuesday. “We have assured the airline that the issue would be addressed in accordance with the law and the airline can continue its flights,” he said.

Lawmaker Abdul Rahman Shahidani missed the flight at the Kabul International Airport and then phoned his supporters in Bamyan not to allow the plane to land.

A number of Shahidani supporters laid stones on the runway and the Kam Air plane with 30 passengers onboard was forced to turn back to Kabul.

Kam Air officials claimed the company suffered a $10,000 loss and a number of their flights faced problems as a result of the plane’s return.

The company’s director said their study showed that the Bamyan airport was not safe for flights.



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