Civilian Plane Crashes at Bagram; 7 Dead

Taliban claims responsibility, but NATO says it was an accident

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 29, 2013 2:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – The US-led military coalition says seven people died when a civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field today. In a statement, the coalition confirmed that all seven civilian crew members were killed in the incident. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash. But the coalition denied that, saying there was no militant activity during the time of the crash, and adding that the cause of the accident is being investigated.

US soldiers are seen near an Air Force plane on the runway at the main air base in Bagram, Afghanistan, in this May 29, 2007 file photo.
US soldiers are seen near an Air Force plane on the runway at the main air base in Bagram, Afghanistan, in this May 29, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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