Friday, October 2, 2015

C-130 plane crashes at Afghanistan's Jalalabad airport: 5 American service members, 5 civilian contractors & 2 Afghans died.



C-130 plane crashes at Afghanistan's Jalalabad airport: 5 American service members, 5 civilian contractors & 2 Afghans died. (ExpressTribune).


An American C-130 military transport plane crashed at Jalalabad airport in Afghanistan, a US defense official said Thursday

Eleven people, including six US troops, were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed Friday in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, an official said.

The crew and passengers were killed,” US Army Colonel Brian Tribus said, noting that five civilian contractors were also on the plane. The crash occurred at about midnight local time on Friday morning

The C-130 Hercules is a cargo plane built by Lockheed Martin. It is powered by four turboprop engines and is used extensively by the military to ship troops and heavy gear.

Jalalabad is in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan. The Pentagon said it was “gathering further information.”  More here.

Update:  Taliban Claims Downing a US C-130 Army Plane

The Taliban claimed early Friday morning that it had shot down an American C-130 military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan. NATO had previously reported the crash, revealing that 11 people were killed including six US soldiers, but did not release details as to the cause of the fatal crash, reports AFP.

US Army Col. Brian Tribus said the non-soldiers were civilian contractors. "Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on Twitter. "Based on credible information 15 invading forces and a number of puppet troops were killed."Read the full story here.








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