An American C-130 transport plane crashed at Jalalabad airport,Afghanistan, shortly after midnight on Friday morning killing twelve people, according to officials.
The city is close to the eastern border with Pakistan, an area prone to Taliban attacks.
The plane’s five-man crew died, according to a US military spokesman, along with five passengers, civilians contracted by the US-led coalition.
Two Afghan civilians were killed on the ground, Col Brian Tribus told NBC News, adding that there was no hostile activity in the area at the time.
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The C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop plane, has been used by the American military since the 1950s and has been a workhorse of its Afghanistan operations, carrying passengers or cargo.
Jalalabad airport is operated by the United States Air Force and is one of the bases used by American drones.
A squad of Taliban suicide bombers launched a dawn attack on the air base in 2012, using two car bombs in an effort to breach defences.
The US has about 9,800 troops in the country and the numbers are expected to reduce further by the end of the year as it continues its drawdown, handing more responsibility to local forces.
However, the Taliban is trying to stage a comeback and this week seized Kunduz city in the north before being forced back by a sustained counter-attack, which included American and British special forces.