6 US service members among 11 dead in Afghan plane crash
WASHINGTON — Eleven people were killed when a U.S. C-130 plane crashed in Afghanistan early Friday morning, a U.S. defense official said.
The six-member U.S. servicemember crew and their five passengers all died.
It is not yet known what caused the accident at Jalalabad Airport near the Afghan-Pakistani border or if there is any indication that there was hostile fire — though the U.S. military in Afghanistan believes the latter to be unlikely.
“With high confidence, it does not appear at this time that enemy fire was involved in the aircraft crash. We have first responders on scene working at the crash site doing recovery operations,” said Maj. Tony Wickman, a U.S. military spokesman, in an emailed statement to CNN.
He said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.
The Jalalabad Airport, which has hosted the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, has been subject to attacks by militants in the past.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which has been in use since the 1950s, transports oversized cargo.