Aircraft Crashes in Ghazni: Local Official

Ariana Airlines plane crashes in central Afghan province, official says

Afghanistan: 83 feared dead as plane crashes in Taliban-held Ghazni province

Citing initial information, provincial Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai told RFE/RL that the aircraft belonged to Afghanistan's national carrier Ariana Airlines and was carrying about 83 people. Confusion also clouded the Taliban statement, however, with one version saying the plane crashed while another version said the insurgents brought down the craft. Footage published by a Taliban-affiliated account showed a people speaking Pashto walking around a crashed plane that looked similar to a craft used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan for communications purposes.

Mujahid's claim that Taliban fighters caused the crash comes just weeks after Taliban leaders presented US negotiators with a proposal to reduce violence and restart peace talks.

Local Afghan officials had said earlier on Monday that a passenger plane from Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines had crashed in the Taliban-held area of the eastern Ghazni province.

First word of the crash came on social media in Afghanistan, with reports from locals in Ghazni province. The cause of the crash is not known yet.

"We don't know the status of the crew", Goldfein said, adding the Central Command officials are in contact with relevant parties to investigate the situation.

A Taliban spokesman said they were checking reports of the plane crash.

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Earlier this month, two US service members were killed and two others injured when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the USA military said in a statement.

Earlier, three government officials said the plane was operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines, but its acting CEO Mirwais Mirzakwal denied those reports.

"A U.S. Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan". During, landing in snowy weather the Kam Air flight from western Herat to the capital Kabul crashed into the mountains.

The group claimed that all personnel on board, including high ranking officers, were killed in the crash, Reuters news agency reported.

The military did not say how many were on board or if anyone was killed.

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