U.S. military plane crashes in Afghanistan, kills 11

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Baku, October 2, AZERTAC

A U.S. military transport plane crashed at an airfield in Afghanistan shortly after midnight on Friday (15:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday), killing all 11 people on board, the U.S. military said, describing the crash as an accident, according to Reuters.

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 spokesman for the Taliban militant movement seeking to topple the government said its fighters had shot down the aircraft, but the U.S. military said there were no reports of enemy fire at the time.

A statement from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield described it as "an accident," without offering details.

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