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Plane Wreckage Found With No Survivors in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2004 – Searchers who reached the wreckage of an aircraft missing since Nov. 27 in Afghanistan on Nov. 30 found no survivors, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported today.

Three U.S. soldiers and three civilian aircrew members were killed when the aircraft crashed near Bamyan province.

The CASA 212 civilian fixed-wing aircraft was reported missing Nov. 27 after it departed Bagram Air Base on a troop-transport and supply mission en-route to Farah. The aircraft never arrived at its destination or alternate airfields in the country.

Coalition forces launched ground and aircraft search efforts immediately when the aircraft was reported as missing. Coalition aircraft received an emergency locator transmitter signal in a mountainous region in central Afghanistan.

Late Nov. 29, coalition aircraft saw signs of what was believed to be the aircraft wreckage, but extreme weather and mountainous terrain complicated search efforts. On Nov. 30, a ground coalition rescue and recovery team made it to the accident site and was able to make positive identification of the aircraft and recover the remains of those killed in the crash.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Military officials said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan release.)

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