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MC-130 Special Operations Plane Crashes in Afghanistan

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2002 – An Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft crashed on takeoff in southeast Afghanistan with 10 Americans aboard.

Early indications are that some aboard survived, Pentagon officials said.

U.S. search and rescue personnel are on the scene, U.S. Central Command officials said. They said the crash does not appear to be the result of enemy fire.

The crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. local Afghan time. The special operations aircraft was flying out of Paktika Province along the border with Pakistan. It crashed near Bande Sardeh Dam.

This is the second crash of the C-130 class of aircraft in Operation Enduring Freedom. A Marine Corps KC-130 refueler crashed Jan. 9, killing all seven crew members.

The MC-130 Combat Talon II provides insertion, extraction and resupply of special operations forces and equipment. Other missions include psychological operations and helicopter air refueling.

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