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originally posted by: Zaphod58
Four of five contractors were American. Three Afghan security personnel were killed on the ground. Preliminary focus is on an engine fire, or possibly the aircraft clipping a security barrier on takeoff.
A source notified the media that they appeared to suffer engine failure on takeoff, and a witness saw a fire start after they were airborne. Investigators are trying to determine which happened first, the engine failure, or impact with the barrier.
originally posted by: Xtrozero
An engine failure on TO is not a big deal normally. Js have a large amount of power and most things are automatic. I think they were shot down, but that is speculation.
The Taliban issued a statement on Friday morning, saying they shot down the US Air Force C-130J transport plane.
"Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
US Air Force Maj. Tony Wickman said on Friday, “It is with high confidence that we can say it does not appear that enemy fire was involved.”
The US military has released few other details about the aircraft crash. Wickman said the military has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.