Military Plane Crash Under Investigation In Taliban Held Area of Afghanistan
A U.S. Military Aircraft crashed Monday in Eastern Afghanistan. At this time there is no indication that it was brought down by enemy fire.
According to local officials they initially reported that a plane had crashed in Ghazni province, a Taliban held area of Afghanistan. The plane was initially reported to be owned by Afghanistan’s Ariana Airlines but they reported that none of their planes had gone down.
Arif Noori, a spokesperson for the province’s governor, Initially reported that the damage from the crash was extensive and there was estimated to be a 100 people killed in the crash. However it was later reported that the plan that went down is an E-11A which typically only has a two passenger crew
There hasn’t been a major commercial air crash in Afghanistan since 2005 when a Kam Air Flight crashed into the mountains as it attempted to land in snowy weather.
Throughout the war there has been multiple deadly crashes involving military aircraft. The most notable occurred in 2013 involving an American Boeing 747 cargo jet. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff traveling from Bagram Airbase to Dubai. There were seven crew members on-board all of whom died in the crash.
The crash has not put a halt in the negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban for a reduction in hostilities or cease fire which would allow a signed peace agreement, bringing home an estimated 13,000 troops.
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