A U.S. military plane crashed at Jalalabad airfield on Friday, leaving 14 dead.
A United States military plane crashed in an airfield in Afghanistan shortly after it took off around midnight last Friday, leaving 14 passengers dead. According to a report from Reuters, U.S. military officials said that the crash had been an accident.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation at Jalalabad airfield. There were six U.S. military service members on board, five civilian contractors, and three Afghan citizens when the plane crashed.
A Taliban spokesman quickly tried to credit the group for shooting down the plane, but military officials reported that there was no enemy fire at the time of the accident. President Obama expressed his condolences for the families of the people who lost their lives.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, “This is a reminder of the risks that our men and women face serving their country in remote places all over the world.”
The service members on board were airmen with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. Four of them hailed from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, while the other two came from Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.
The crash happened just hours after Afghan troops recaptured the city of Kunduz, which had fallen to Taliban militants earlier this fall. The Taliban has been fighting for power in the region since 2001.