Crash Afghan worked for British
An Afghan man who crashed a 4x4 on to the runway at Camp Bastion was working for British forces.
The interpreter was feared to have been targeting US defence secretary Leon Panetta, who was arriving at the base at the time of the incident on Wednesday.
The stolen vehicle, apparently carrying a container of fuel, burst into flames and the man later died of severe burns.
Camp Bastion is home to a large contingent of US as well as UK forces. However, it is understood the Afghan was working with the British.
There is growing tension between coalition forces and Afghan locals after the massacre of 16 people, including several children, allegedly by a US soldier in Kandahar last weekend.
The soldier's lawyer has claimed that the unnamed 38-year-old staff sergeant had been reluctant to leave on his fourth deployment after twice being injured during tours in Iraq.
John Henry Browne said the soldier had also seen his friend's leg blown off the day before the incident.
"He wasn't thrilled about going on another deployment. He was told he wasn't going back, and then he was told he was going," he said.
The lawyer added: "We have been informed that at this small base that he was at, somebody was gravely injured the day before the alleged incident - gravely injured, and that affected all of the soldiers."
The soldier is suspected of going on a shooting rampage in villages near his base in southern Afghanistan early last Sunday, killing nine children and seven other civilians and then burning some of their bodies.