KABUL (TCA) — At least seven people were killed following an aircraft crash in US-run Bagram air Base, 50 km northeast of capital Kabul on Monday, according to Khaama Press.
According to a coalition security forces spokesman, the incident took place after a civilian cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Bagram airfield.
Bagram is the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, according to Xinhua.
A local police official in Parwan province, Ezmarai Nasiri also confirmed the report and said the plane “crashed soon after it took off and its tail caught on fire.”
That aircraft, a twin-engine MC-12 Liberty, was operating in Zabul province, about 100 miles north of Kandahar belonged to the National Air Cargo, a military contractor based in Orchard Park, N.Y., outside Buffalo.
Military officials said that the cause of the crash was being investigated, but that there had been no enemy activity in the area at the time.
This is the second deadly plane crash in Afghanistan in the past week. On Sunday, a U.S. military surveillance plane crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing all four Air Force personnel onboard. The crash is under investigation, although officials say there was no enemy activity in the area.