The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Friday said that has started probe into the Pakistani helicopter’s crash-landing incident in Logar province.
The Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri confirmed that the Afghan government had given permission to a Pakistani flight to use Afghanistan’s air space, but it is not known so far that whether the MI-17 helicopter crash landed in Logar was part of that decision.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul confirmed that a Pakistani government helicopter had crash landed in Logar province in Afghanistan.
Spokesman for Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul, Akhtar Munir, said the MI-17 helicopter owned by the provincial Punjab government had cash-landed in Azra district in Logar.
He said the chopper was on its way to Russia on routine maintenance when it suffered unknown technical glitch.
He added that the Pakistani government had taken the permission for the chopper’s flight.
On Thursday, officials said that six people onboard a Pakistani military helicopter that crash landed in Logar have been captured by the Taliban.
Logar governor spokesman Saleem Saleh said the helicopter crashed in the Mati area of Azra district.
Earlier he said the helicopter appeared to have caught fire on landing. However, some residents in the area said the Taliban torched the chopper after it crashed.
It is not however clear what the Pakistani helicopter was doing in Afghan air space over Logar province which is close to Kabul.