Remains of an aircraft which crashed in the Taliban-held part of central Afghanistan can allegedly be seen in a video circulating on social media. The symbols on the plane appear to be similar to those used by the US military.
Taliban militants say that a US military aircraft crashed in Ghazni, central Afghanistan, killing everyone on board. A statement quoted by Reuters has claimed that it was brought down. The US military is investigating.
A Taliban spokesman said that the aircraft’s crew and everyone on board, including what he claimed were high-ranking officers, were killed on the spot.
The so-far unverified claim includes a suggestion that the officers belonged to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Meanwhile, pictures of a USAF plane, with a serial number that appears to match that on the tail section of the filmed wreckage, has emerged on social media.
In a video, several people can be seen inspecting a crash site. A roundel, identical to the ones used by some US Air Force planes, is visible on the aircraft’s fuselage.
The wreckage appears to be from a plane similar to a Bombardier/Northrop Grumman E-11A surveillance and communication aircraft.
Planes of this type are assigned to the US Air Force’s 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, which is stationed at Kandahar air base.
Regional government spokesperson Arif Noori told CBS News said that the plane was likely to have been traveling between Kandahar in the south and the capital Kabul. The bodies of two pilots were recovered from the crash site.
Later in the day, Taliban also claimed that a military helicopter went down in the east of the country, killing everyone on board. No footage to back up the claims has been provided, and it remains unclear to whom exactly the helicopter belonged.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Military News 2020.