Five bodies found at remote Afghan plane crash site

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The cause of the crash - in a remote area - is not known

Five bodies have been recovered from a cargo plane that crashed on Tuesday into a mountaintop east of the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say.

The civilian cargo plane had at least eight crew on board.

Officials say the aircraft was carrying supplies to Nato forces and had taken off from the US base at Bagram.

Police said that it took rescuers several hours to reach the wreckage because the crash happened in a remote area.

They say that the search for the three missing crew members is continuing.

The BBC's Dawood Azami in Kabul says that landing in the city has always been a problem for pilots because of its mountainous nature and lack of room for manoeuvre.

The cause of the crash is not immediately known. Weather conditions in the area were clear.

It was the second civilian aviation crash in Afghanistan in five months.

In May, a commercial passenger jet operated by the private airline Pamir Airways crashed with 44 people on board in the Shakar Darah mountains near Kabul.