Jan 27th crashed in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni aircraft may not be a civilian airliner, but belonging to the U.S. Air Force. Afghanistan’s interior minister and second vice president confirmed that a plane had crashed in the Deh Yak area of Ghazni province, Russian satellite news agency reported earlier. Local officials said the plane was en route from the western Afghan city of Herat to the capital Kabul at 1:30 p.m. local time when it was carrying 83 people.
But Afghanistan’s Ariana news agency reported that staff at the tower at Herat airport said the plane was flying from Herat to Delhi, India, with 110 people on board.
The airline to which the plane belongs was also not clear. Afghanistan’s Arianenews Agency and Russia’s satellite news agency and other media reported earlier that the plane crash belongs to Ariane Airlines. But the airline has issued a statement on Facebook denying the claims, saying all of its flights are operating normally.
According to Russian satellite news agency, a source said the plane crashed or belonged to the Afghan National Army. Later in the day, the governor of Ghazni province said that the plane crash was a foreign company and had nothing to do with the afghan domestic airline, making it difficult to determine the true ownership of the plane because it had been completely burned down.
The Afghan civil aviation authority confirmed that the crashed plane did not belong to the Afghan domestic airline, saying that no reports of the crash of the civil airliner had been received. A spokesman for Ghazni province said the bodies of the two pilots were found at the scene of the accident, and he did not mention whether there were any other casualties.
Judging from the images allegedly taken at the scene of the accident, the crashed plane may have belonged to the U.S. Air Force. Afghan news channel TOLOnews said the images and videos showed the U.S. Air Force logo on the right-hand engine of the crashed plane.
The BBC quoted Iran’s Fars news agency as saying the plane was either a Bombardier E-11A belonging to the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. military often uses such aircraft for electronic surveillance in Afghanistan.
After news broke that the plane was lost or belonging to a foreign company, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban announced via social media that the Taliban shot down a CIA plane in Ghazni province at noon local time on the 27th, and no senior CIA officials were alive.
In response, the U.S. military said it was learning about the situation, and it was not clear how much details of the plane were involved.
In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the then Bush administration began its war against al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in October 2001. In December 2014, Obama announced the official end of the 13-year-old war in Afghanistan, for which more than 2,000 American soldiers had died.
It is understood that there are still about 12,000 U.S. military soldiers in Afghanistan, as well as thousands of NATO troops, officials working in the Afghan capital Kabul often fly to and from military bases and offices.
Last September, after a Taliban attack that killed a U.S. soldier, Mr. Trump called off the peace talks, which appeared to be on hold. On the 17th of this month, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar confirmed that the Taliban and the United States have resumed ceasefire talks.