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Six US service members among 11 dead in Afghan plane crash

Published 02/10/2015

The plane crashed at Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan
The plane crashed at Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan

Eleven people, including six US service members, were killed when a US Air Force C-130J transport plane crashed in Afghanistan.

The plane crashed at Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan at about midnight local time.

A spokesman for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan said six US service members who comprised the plane's crew died, along with five civilian passengers.

The US military said the cause of the crash was under investigation.

There are about 1,000 coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, including US and Polish forces, as well as about 40,000 Afghan troops, according to Nato.

The US has about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan, although the numbers are expected to go down a bit by the end of the year.

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