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Operations Ongoing for Missing Aircraft in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 30, 2004 – Rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing to find the three civilian crewmembers and three U.S. military passengers who were on board a CASA 212 civilian fixed-wing aircraft that was reported missing in Afghanistan Nov. 27.

The U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command contracted the CASA 212 to transport troops and equipment throughout Afghanistan. Officials said the aircraft departed Bagram Air Base and did not arrive at its destination or at any alternate airfields.

Coalition aircraft received initial indications of trouble from an emergency locator transmitter in a mountainous region in central Afghanistan, and that has led coalition forces to focus their rescue and recovery efforts in that particular region, officials said. Coalition forces are conducting ground and air reconnaissance of the region in search of the crewmembers and passengers.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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