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Pentagon: Survivors From Afghanistan Plane Crash - 2002-06-12


The Pentagon says there are at least seven survivors from a U-S military aircraft that crashed today (Wednesday) in eastern Afghanistan.

The MC-130 aircraft carrying 10 people went down on takeoff near the Bande Sardeh Dam, 60 kilometers southwest of the town of Gardez. U-S-led forces have been searching the area for fugitive al-Qaida and Taleban fighters.

The Pentagon says seven survivors have been transferred to a medical facility in Kandahar for treatment. It says their injuries range from a broken leg to cuts and bruises.

The status of the other three people who were on the plane remains unclear.

A Pentagon spokesman says the cause of the crash is not known, but added that it does not appear to be the result of enemy fire.

The MC-130, nicknamed the Combat Talon, is designed for sensitive infiltration missions into enemy territory.

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