An Air Force C-130J flying with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, which is part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, crashed on October 2 at around 12:19 a.m. at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. Six U.S. service members and five civilian contractors on board were declared dead.
“The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. More information will be released as it is gathered,” the U.S. Air Force Central Command said in a statement. A defense official, who has spoken with Fox News on condition of anonymity, said the crash was serious.
Coalition spokesperson, U.S. Army Colonel Brian Tribus, told NBC News that there were also two Afghan civilians killed on the ground. The civilian contractors on board the crashed C-130J were commissioned to work with Resolute Support, a NATO unit assigned to train and advise Afghan security forces, NBC reported.
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A spokesman for the Taliban told Reuters that its members were responsible for crashing the military plane. This information was not confirmed by the U.S. Air Force Central Command.
The crash happened four days day after Pentagon announced that U.S. Forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan against the Taliban forces. Pentagon Press Secretary, Peter Cook, said an F-16 conducted the airstrike against a Taliban target that was approaching the airport and was perceived as a threat to U.S. coalition personnel.
Cook said that U.S. strongly condemned the attack perpetrated by the Taliban forces in Kunduz. He said the U.S. government stand with the Afghan people in achieving peace and security.