A Kam Air flight from Badakhshan, carrying Afghan politicians and officials, landed in Kabul on Saturday despite passengers claiming to see "flames" and one stopped propeller.
According to the civil aviation authority, 33 people were on board the ATR 72 aircraft owned by Afghan airline company, Kam Air.
Shortly after landing, some passengers told TOLOnews that they saw "flames" and "engine failure" during the flight.
“Our (Kam Air) plane engine just failed flying into Kabul, (one) propeller stopped during flight and engine spat out fire," Stefanie Glinski, a foreign journalist, shared her experience of the flight on Twitter. "We landed. Now fire trucks surrounding the plane... Pilot did great. He managed to land gliding down.”
A statement by the civil aviation authority rejected claims by passengers and said the situation was created by bad weather in Badakhshan that triggered "false alarm," but the airplane safely landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
"The safety indicators for one of the engines were activated during the flight and the captain announced an emergency condition based on the required procedure and was able to safely land at Kabul airport," said Mohammad Qasim Wafaeezada, head of Afghan Civil Aviation Authority.
Kam Air officials also rejected the claims.
“The airplane decreasing its altitude and when the crew noted a small technical issue,” said Sulaiman Omar, head of Kam Air’s business department.
Some passengers in Badakhshan said they missed the flight due to bad weather in the province.