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UPDATE: Official says remains of 2 US troops recovered from Afghan crash site

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UPDATE (AP): A U.S. defense official says the United States has recovered the remains of two American service members killed in the crash of an Air Force plane in Afghanistan.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement of the recovery and said the two people were the only ones aboard the E-11A aircraft.

The identities of the two have not been publicly announced, pending notification of their relatives.

The official said Tuesday the American recovery team met no Taliban resistance in reaching the crash site and said there is no indication that the plane was downed by hostile action.

UPDATE (AP): A Taliban spokesman is saying that a mystery crash in eastern Afghanistan was a U.S. aircraft.

The U.S. military said Monday that it is investigating reports of an airplane crash in Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Maj. Beth Riordan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Central Command, said that it remained unclear whose aircraft was involved in the crash.   Riordan declined to immediately comment further.

However, pictures on social media purportedly from the crash site showed what could be the remains of a Bombardier E-11A aircraft, which the U.S. military uses for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan.

UPDATE: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A passenger plane from Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines has crashed in a Taliban-held area of Ghazni province.

A spokesman for the provincial governor said the plane went down Monday at around 1:10 p.m. local time in Deh Yak district, which is held by the Taliban.

Two provincial council members also confirmed the crash. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly cold in winter.

Ariana Airlines, Afghanistan's national carrier, dismissed the claim that one of their planes had crashed in a statement on their website, saying all their aircraft were operational and safe.


KABUL, Afghanistan (KWWL) -- Passenger plane from Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines crashes in Taliban-held area of Ghazni province, local officials say.

Associated Press

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