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US confirms crash of its military plane in Ghazni

US confirms crash of its military plane in Ghazni

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Jan 27, 2020 - 15:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon have confirmed their plane has crashed in the Deh Yak district of southern Ghazni province, but rejected Talibaninfo-icon’s claim of downing the Air Force E-11A.

The aircraft went down on Monday afternoon in the troubled district. Hours later, the Taliban claimed credit for downing the jet.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, tweeted: “An enemy aircraft crashed in the Sadokhel area of Deh Yak, resulting in the death of crew & high-ranking CIA personnel.”

Kabul-based US forces’ spokesman Co. Sonny Leggett said: “A US Bombardier E-11A crashed in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. The cause of the crash is under investigation.”

“There are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire. We will provide additional information as it becomes available,” he added.

Pajhwok reporter sees burnt aircraft

Saifullah Maftoon, Ghani-based reporter of Pajhwok Afghan News. visited the site late on Monday and saw US special forces’ stamp on the jet.

Maftoon saw two bodies of crewmember and quoted locals as saying that four individuals aboard the plane managed to escape the area.

He said the bodies of two pilots were retrieved by residents from wreckage and the area was cordoned off by Taliban. No one was allowed to enter the area.

According to Maftoon, US military jets and drone flew over the site. Pajhwok also found some English-language documents from the site. “There was smell of burning flesh, suggesting death in the incident.”

He added the aircraft crashed in the Rozi Qala area, which has been under Taliban’s control for many years.

"While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire," said Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesperson for US Forces in Afghanistan,

In a statement, Leggett said: "We will provide additional information as it becomes available. Taliban claims that additional aircraft have crashed are false."

The plane was an Air Force E-11A, one of four modified executive jets that fly at high altitude and carry a sophisticated and powerful communications system called Battlefield Airborne Communications Node.

In Washington, the Pentagon also spurned the Taliban claim of shooting down the high-tech jet used as a military airborne communications node in the region.

sa/mud

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