Eleven people have been killed in a crash of a US military transport aircraft at an airport in eastern Afghanistan, a US military spokesman has said. Aljazeera has more:
The crew of six US military service members were among the dead, along with another five passengers, civilians who were contracted employees of the US-led international force, the spokesman said.
The incident took place at around midnight [19:30 GMT] on Thursday at Jalalabad airport. The army spokesman said that there were no reports of enemy fire at the time and the incident was under investigation, however, the Taliban claimed it had shot down the aircraft. The contractors had been working for “Resolute Support,” the NATO-led training mission.
The C-130 Hercules, a cargo plane built by Lockheed Martin, is powered by four turboprop engines and is used extensively by the military to ship troops and heavy gear. The aircraft can take off and land on rough, dirt strips and is widely used by the US military in hostile areas. Jalalabad is located near the border with Pakistan.