11 dead in US aircraft crash
03 October 2015, Nirapad News: At least 11 people have died after a US Hercules aircraft crashed at an airport in
Afghanistan, the US military says.
The C-130 plane crashed at around midnight local time (19:30 GMT Thursday) at Jalalabad airport.
US Army Colonel Brian Tribus said that six of those killed worked for the US military, while the others were
civilian contractors, reports BBC.
The C-130 is a military aircraft primarily used to carry troops and heavy cargo.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the group shot down the plane, but agencies reported
there was no indication of any such attack.
The US military says it is now investigating the cause of the accident.
The crash comes as US planes worked alongside Afghan forces to try and recapture the northern city of Kunduz from
Close to 10,000 US troops are still stationed in Afghanistan after plans for a gradual withdrawal were changed
earlier this year.
President Obama has promised to leave only a small force in Afghanistan, based in the US embassy, by the end of