A United States C-130 transport plane has crashed in Afghanistan, killing at least 11 people, including several US troops, civilian contractors and Afghan officials.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting down the C-130, according to news outlets based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a claim denied by US authorities.
“Our mujahideen (religious fighters) have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad. Fifteen invading forces and a number of puppet troops were killed, various news outlets cited Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying.”
Six US service members and five civilian contractors on board died in the crash, according to a US military spokesman.
AFP and NBC reported that the plane crash claimed the lives of 12 people, including five US servicemen, five contractors, and two Afghani civilians.
A coalition spokesperson US Army Col. Brian Tribus has said the plane crashed shortly after midnight yesterday as per local time at Jalalabad Airport without specifying the cause of the accident.
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The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has received its fourth and final Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft from the US. The air force announced that the aircraft was received at Hamid Karzai International Airport (IAP) on Saturday
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will buy a new C-130J Super Hercules heavy-lift aircraft in addition to the existing order of 12 to replace the lost aircraft, Indian news agencies reported. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said that the induction of C-130Js and heavy-lift Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs had “brought a paradigm shift in airlift capabilities”
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