first published on October 2, 2015 by Will
Six U.S. service members and at least five NATO contractors are dead following the crash of a C-130 cargo plane in close proximity to Jalalabad Airfield early this morning.
The identities of the fallen have not been released, pending the notification of their next of kin. Reports of other casualties on the ground, possibly Afghan citizens, have yet to be confirmed as well.
The Taliban quickly took credit for downing the plane, although 455th Air Expeditionary Wing spokesman Air Force Maj. Tony Wickman shutdown that claim saying, “It is with high confidence that we can say it does not appear that enemy fire was involved.”
The plane and crew members were assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.
RIP to the fallen and condolences to the families.