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Grounded and Gutted, Main Afghan Airline Struggles After Taliban Attack

By MUJIB MASHAL and FAHIM ABEDJAN. 26, 2018

Kam Air employees with the coffins of Ukrainian colleagues who were killed in the weekend attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. Credit Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan Its pilots land in cities terrorized by the Taliban, the tarmacs within easy reach of rocket fire.

Its decrepit aircraft have crashed, been blacklisted by the American military for smuggling opium and refused entry to Europe for safety deficiencies. One plane was chased down the runway by thugs of a strongman late for the flight, furious it had left without him.

Yet the airline, Kam Air an Afghan phenomenon through and through is largely the only way to fly in Afghanistan. It operates 90 percent of domestic flights, stitching together a nation too big and dangerous to cross by road.

As other airlines went bankrupt, Kam Air became one of the biggest taxpayers in a country where few bother to pay taxes, making it indispensable to the government, aid groups, businesses and the nation at large.

Now the airline is struggling to stay in the air not for lack of planes or passengers, but employees. Five of its nine aircraft sit idle.

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