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Kandahar International Airport

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Name Kandahar International Airport
Region Asia and Pacific
Territory Afghanistan AF.gif
Location Kandahar, Kandahar
Serving Kandahar
Elevation 1,017.118 m <br />3,337 ft <br />3,337 ft1,017.118 m <br />
Type medium airport
Coordinates 31° 30' 23.29" N, 65° 50' 56.98" E
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
5/23 3210 m10,531.496 ft <br /> 45 m147.638 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes

Tag(s) Hot and High Operations

Kandahar International Airport



Kandahar International Airport (more commonly known as Kandahar Airport) is located 16 km8.639 nm <br />16,000 m <br />52,493.438 ft <br /> south-east of Kandahar City in Afghanistan.


Cold Semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). Hot, sometimes extremely hot summers and cold, sometimes very cold winters. Some snowfall during the winter. Areas featuring cold semi-arid climates are sometimes subject to major temperature swings during a 24 hour period.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of OAKN

  • MD83, Kandahar Afghanistan, 2012 (On 24 January 2012, a Swiftair Boeing MD83 about to touch down on runway 05 at Kandahar lost alignment with the extended runway centreline when initiating the daylight landing flare for a landing and a corrective roll resulted in the right wing tip striking the ground 20 metres prior to the runway threshold before completing the landing. The Investigation found that the prior approach had been unstable both at the prescribed ‘gate’ and thereafter and should have led to a go around. It was also found that neither the operator nor the crew were authorised to make the GPS approach used.)
  • NIM, vicinity Kandahar Afghanistan, 2006 (On 2 September 2006, a UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Nimrod, engaged in operations over Afghanistan experienced a fuel-fed bomb bay fire shortly after completing air-to-air refuelling. The fire spread and the aircraft exploded in flight before the crew were able to land at Kandahar. The Investigation concluded that the fuel leak had been the result of a series of systemic failures to ensure continued airworthiness of the aircraft type.)