A US Air Force C-130J, like the one shown above, crashed at Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan last night, killing 11 people onboard and an unknown number on the ground. The Hercules was assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, one of the squadrons that make up the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.
Six of the fatalities were military, and constituted the C-130's crew, while the five passengers – the only ones onboard the plane – were civilian contractors, in country as part of NATO's Resolute Support mission, Defense News reports. The names of those killed have not been released, in keeping with the Department of Defense's policy of only releasing names of fatalities 24 hours after their families have been informed.
While the cause of the crash is still being investigated, 455th AEW spokesman Maj. Tony Wickman countered the Taliban's claim that it brought the plane down, saying, "it is with high confidence that we can say it does not appear that enemy fire was involved."