UPDATE 1-US military plane crashes in Afghanistan, kills 11 – Reuters
(Updates with additional crew member dead, adds background) Oct 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. military transport
plane crashed at an airfield in Afghanistan shortly after
midnight on Friday (1930 GMT on Thursday), killing all 11 people
on board, the U.S. military said, adding there were no reports
of enemy fire at the time.The cause of the crash at Jalalabad airfield was under
investigation, a spokesman said, refusing to rule out the
possibility that there may be dead or wounded on the ground.First responders were on the scene, he said.
Six U.S. military service members and five civilian
contractors who were employed by the U.S.-led international
force in Afghanistan were killed in the crash.A statement from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram
Airfield described it as “an accident,” without offering
The crash came hours after Afghan troops recaptured the
center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid
fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing
the provincial capital.
The Taliban have been fighting to regain power since being
toppled by a U.S.-led intervention in 2001.The number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan has fallen sharply
after the United States wrapped up its formal combat mission
last year, although U.S. special forces and U.S. airstrikes were
involved in this week’s counter-offensive in Kunduz.In 2011, Taliban militants shot down a U.S. military Chinook
helicopter, killing all 38 people on board.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Yeganah Torbati; Editing by
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