Taliban Say Mystery Crash In Afghanistan Was US Aircraft

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The US military is investigating reports of a plane crash in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, a US official told CNN on Monday.

The Aviationist reviewed a video of the wreckage and confirmed that the plane was an E-11A BACN (Battlefield Airborne Communications Node).

M - Casualties are feared after a plane reportedly carrying more than 80 people crashed and burst into flames in Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan, media reports say. One of the officials said there were believed to be fewer than 10 people on board.

"All the flights of Ariana Afghan Airlines have been completed normally", a statement on the carrier's verified Facebook page read.

Other sources are reporting that Taliban outlets are claiming a United States aircraft was shot down in the area.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the downing of a "special American aircraft" flying over Afghanistan on what it described as an intelligence mission, while the US military said there was no indication the plane was hit by hostile fire.

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The US military has joined an investigation into a plane that crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. They also said they were working to access the crash site.

According to earlier reports, the plane crashed in Ghazni province to the east. Ghazni has been under majority Taliban control since 2015, shortly after us combat forces formally drew down in Afghanistan.

Shortly after the crash, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the plane belonged to the U.S. Air Force, but could not be confirmed at the time.

The province is in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountain range.

"Enemy intelligence aircraft crashed in Sado Khelo area of Deh Yak district #Ghazni noon hours today resulting in all crew & high-ranking CIA members killed".

More than 2,400 US service members have been killed in Afghanistan.

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