2020-01-27 › Spokesman Confirms US Aircraft Crash in Ghazni
The aircraft crashed in Deh Yak district in the central province of Ghazni, south of Kabul, on Monday afternoon.
Footage seen by TOLOnews taken in Ghazni on Monday showed the burning wreckage of an aircraft with US Air Force markings, and US forces in Afghanistan have confirmed that the aircraft was a US Bombardier E-11A. TOLOnews earlier referred to the aircraft as a Bombardier Global Express jet, which is a commercial designation of the same aircraft.
The AP reported that the Bombardier E-11A is a U.S. Air Force electronic surveillance plane, saying: "The so-called Battlefield Airborne Communications Node can be carried on unmanned or crewed aircraft like the E-11A. It is used by the military to extend the range of radio signals and can be used to convert the output of one device to another, such as connecting a radio to a telephone."
The AP said the US military uses the system as “Wi-Fi in the sky,” in areas where communications are otherwise difficult, elevating signals above obstacles like mountains."
The Ministry of Defense said a convoy of Afghan Special Forces had been dispatched to Deh Yak district from Ghazni city, which is 25 kilometers west of the crash site.
Amid confusion about the plane earlier in the day, the Civil Aviation Authority in a statement posted on its Facebook page stated that no local, civilian planes crashed in Ghazni and that all flights were normal on Monday.
The US forces in Afghanistan in a statement confirmed the incident.
“A US Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire. We will provide additional information as it becomes available,” the US forces-Afghanistan spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett said.
Taliban claims that additional aircraft have crashed are false, he added.
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