U.S. Plane Crashes in Afghanistan
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WASHINGTON(AP) _ A U.S. military transport plane with 10 people aboard crashed in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, a Pentagon spokesman said.
There was no immediate word on the fate of the soldiers aboard the MC-130 plane, spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Lapan said.
The plane crashed on takeoff near the Bande Sardeh dam in Paktika province, the Pentagon said in a statement.
The crash did not appear to have been caused by hostile fire, the statement said.
The MC-130 is a version of the propeller-driven C-130 cargo plane outfitted for special forces missions such as refueling helicopters and inserting commandos into hostile territory.