A US Air Force E-11A communications aircraft has crashed in Taliban-controlled territory in eastern Afghanistan.
Gen. Dave Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, told reporters late Monday morning that he could confirm the downed aircraft was a a Bombardier E-11A aircraft.
“Yeah, that I can confirm,” he said. “That was what I [was] told coming over. It was an E-11. … We have to make sure we have the facts right and as soon as we get those facts I promise we’ll get them to you.”
Asked it hostile fire might have brought the plane down Goldfein said, “We don’t know.”
Later, Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. Forces–Afghanistan, also confirmed that a “U.S. 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. ”
Leggett also said Taliban claims that additional aircraft have crashed are false.
“We don’t know the status of the crew,” Goldfein said. “Our A3 director of operations and the AFCENT commander, Gen [Joseph] Guastella, are working with Gen. [Austin] Miller to make sure we know what’s happening and deal with it. I probably know as much as you do at this point.”