Stories: U.S. Army Plane Crashes in Taliban-Held Jap Afghanistan

Reports: U.S. Military Aircraft Crashes in Taliban-Held Eastern Afghanistan

(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A U.S. navy plane crashed in japanese Afghanistan on Monday, a Taliban spokesman and Afghan journalist affiliated with the militant group mentioned.

U.S. Military Maj. Beth Riordan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Central Command, declined to remark when informed in regards to the Taliban declare, however video from the crash web site circulating on social media appeared to recommend the plane was a U.S. Air Pressure digital surveillance airplane.

Tariq Ghazniwal, a journalist within the space, mentioned that he noticed the burning plane. In an change on Twitter, he informed The Related Press that he noticed two our bodies and the entrance of the plane was badly burned. He added that the plane’s physique and tail had been hardly broken. His data couldn’t be independently verified.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned a U.S. Air Pressure airplane crashed within the Ghazni province. Ghazniwal mentioned the crash web site was about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from a U.S. navy base. Native Taliban have been deployed to guard the crash web site, he mentioned, and several other different militants had been combing the close by village for 2 individuals they are saying survived the crash.

The Taliban management a lot of Ghazni province and have complete management over the native space of the crash.

Ghazniwal mentioned the location was close to a village known as Sado Khelo, within the Deh Yak district. He additionally mentioned the crash occurred quickly after 1 p.m. native time, however residents within the space didn’t report a loud crashing noise. He couldn’t say whether or not the plane had been shot down however “the crash was not loud.”

Maj. Riordan had earlier acknowledged American navy officers had been investigating studies of a crash in Afghanistan. She mentioned that it remained unclear whose plane was concerned within the crash. Riordan declined to instantly remark additional.

Nevertheless, footage on social media purportedly from the crash web site confirmed what may very well be the stays of a Bombardier E-11A plane, which the U.S. navy makes use of for digital surveillance over Afghanistan. Photographs purportedly of the crashed airplane confirmed an plane bearing U.S. Air Pressure markings much like different E-11A surveillance plane photographed by aviation lovers. Seen registration numbers on the airplane additionally appeared to match these plane.

The so-called Battlefield Airborne Communications Node will be carried on unmanned or crewed plane just like the E-11A. It’s utilized by the navy to increase the vary of radio alerts and can be utilized to transform the output of 1 gadget to a different, equivalent to connecting a radio to a phone.

Colloquially referred to by the U.S. navy as “Wi-Fi within the sky,” the BACN system is utilized in areas the place communications are in any other case tough, elevating alerts above obstacles like mountains. The system is in common use in Afghanistan.

Native Afghan officers had mentioned earlier on Monday {that a} passenger airplane from Afghanistan’s Ariana Airways had crashed within the Taliban-held space of the japanese Ghazni province.

Nevertheless, Ariana Airways informed The Related Press that none of its planes had crashed in Afghanistan. The state-owned airline additionally launched a press release on its web site saying all its plane had been operational and secure.

The conflicting accounts couldn’t instantly be reconciled. The variety of individuals on board and their destiny was not instantly identified, nor was the reason for the crash.

Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, mentioned the airplane went down round 1:10 p.m. native time (8:40 a.m. GMT) in Deh Yak district, some 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of the capital Kabul. He mentioned the crash web site is in territory managed by the Taliban. Two provincial council members additionally confirmed the crash.

The mountainous Ghazni province sits within the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly chilly in winter. The Taliban presently management or maintain sway over round half the nation.

The final main business air crash in Afghanistan occurred in 2005, when a Kam Air flight from the western metropolis of Herat to Kabul crashed into the mountains because it tried to land in snowy climate.

The struggle, nonetheless, has seen a variety of lethal crashes of navy plane. One of the spectacular occurred in 2013 when an American Boeing 747 cargo jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Bagram airbase north of Kabul en path to Dubai within the United Arab Emirates. All seven crew member had been killed. The U.S. Nationwide Transportation Security Board investigation discovered that giant navy autos had been inadequately secured and had shifted throughout flight, inflicting injury to the management techniques that “rendered the airplane uncontrollable.”


Gannon reported from Islamabad. Related Press author Jon Gambrell, Aya Batrawy and David Rising contributed to this report from Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Tameem Aghkhar from Kabul, Afghanistan.