6 airmen dead after US military aircraft crash in Afghanistan

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A US Air Force C-130 Hercules (Photo: CNN/US Air Force)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Air Force spokesman in Afghanistan says a plane crash killed an unknown number of people on the ground, along with six American airmen and five civilians.

Air Force Maj. Tony Wickman says a US Air Force C-130J military transport plane crashed overnight at an air base in Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan.

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The six US service members comprised the plane’s crew. The Taliban claim they shot the plane down but Wickman dismisses the claim.