A US military plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan

Business Insider – by Bill Bostock

A US Air Force surveillance plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

A US military official told Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson it was a Bombardier E-11A airborne communications plane.

It crashed in Taliban-controlled territory at 1:10 p.m. local time.

It was unclear how many people were on the plane or whether there were any survivors.

A statement from a Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that all passengers, which he claimed included high-ranking CIA officers, were killed.

Tariq Ghazniwal, a local journalist, told The Associated Press he saw two bodies lying beside the aircraft.

The plane was at first thought to be an Ariana Afghan Airlines commercial aircraft.

Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of the Ghazni province, initially told Reuters that a Boeing plane belonging to the airline crashed in the Deh Yak district of the province.

Aviation experts and sleuths combed purported footage and images of the crash on social media and found that the plane was a US military Bombardier E-11A.

The US military later confirmed their suspicions.

The E-11A is used for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan, according to the AP.

Ariana Afghan Airlines had denied reports of its involvement in the crash in a Facebook post.

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5 thoughts on “A US military plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan

  1. That last photo looks so fake it gave me.pause. Spent thousands of hours around us military jets. That looks fake as a politician.

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