11 killed when U.S. C-130 plane crashes in Afghanistan

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A C-130 Hercules taxis at Balad Air Base, Iraq, after an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. The C-130 provides intra-theater heavy airlift throughout Southwest Asia. The C-130 is deployed from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 439th Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley)

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Eleven people were killed when a U.S. C-130 plane crashed in Afghanistan early Friday morning, a U.S. defense official said.

The six-member U.S. service member crew and their five passengers all died. It is not yet known what caused the accident at Jalalabad Airport near the Afghan-Pakistani border or if there is any indication that there was hostile fire.

The military is still continuing to gather information and is investigating the crash, said Army Col. Brian Tribus.

The Jalalabad Airport, which has hosted the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, has been subject to attacks by militants in the past.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which has been in use since the 1950s, transports oversized cargo.

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