A USAF E-11A on the ground at Kandahar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier). In the box a screenshot from the crash site.

Earlier, the Taliban claimed that a US aircraft had crashed in the Afghan province of Ghazni, without specifying the cause of the incident.

US Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein has confirmed that the country has lost one of its Bombardier E-11A communications network aircraft in Afghanistan. He didn’t elaborate on the cause of the crash and said no information on casualties was available at the time.

“It appears we have lost an aircraft. We don’t know the status of the crew”, Goldfein stated.
US military spokesman Sonny Leggett, in turn, stated that there is so far no indication that the plane was downed by enemy fire.

The province of Ghazni, where the aircraft crashed, is largely controlled by the Taliban, which earlier reported that a US aircraft on an “intelligence mission” had crashed there. The movement later reported that an American military helicopter had been downed near Sharan, the capital of Paktika province, but US military spokesman Sonny Leggett denied that “additional aircraft have crashed”.