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Tajikistan: Airport Director Killed By President’s Helicopter

The director of an airport in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains was killed on September 13 after being blown off his feet by the downwash from a helicopter carrying the country’s president.

A source in the Interior Ministry told EurasiaNet.org that Dildor Maksudshoyev, 60, was stood at the end of a red carpet, seemingly too close to the departing aircraft carrying President Emomali Rahmon, at the time of the accident. The strong gust of air lifted up the carpet, throwing Maksudshoyev off his feet. Maksudshoyev banged his head on impact and later died as he was being taken to the hospital.

Rahmon was visiting Darvaz to lay the founding stone for a new $46 million road being funded by the Islamic Development Bank, the Saudi Fund for Development, OPEC Fund for International Development and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

In characteristic fashion for visits by the president and esteemed foreign guests, when their arriving helicopter flew in, a red carpet was rolled to ensure none of the dignitaries was required to walk on the ground. The guests were likewise accompanied to their transport on the red carpet as they left.

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