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.