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MC-12 crash kills 3 Americans: Crash raises more questions than answers

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An MC-12 crash in eastern Afghanistan has claimed the lives of three Americans. Officials in Afghanistan today reported that two soldiers and a civilian employee, said to be of U.S. nationality, were the only victims in the MC-12 crash. Regarding the tragic MC-12 crash, ABC News reported on Jan. 9 that there is no indication that enemy fire played a role in the incident.

“International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF civilian died following an aircraft mishap in eastern Afghanistan today,” a statement released by NATO in Afghanistan explained.

In a brief statement, the Afghan news channel Khaama Press noted that an MC-12 crash killed two service members and a civilian employee without giving more details about the accident.

NY Daily News confirmed that the victims in the MC-12 crash were Americans, although the International Force Security Assistance (ISAF) under NATO command, did not confirm the nationality of the victims.

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The MC-12 military aircraft is used for aerial reconnaissance was conducting a night mission. The cause of the accident is still unknown.

The MC-12 accident follows a crash involving a Blackhawk helicopter on Dec. 17 in southern Afghanistan in which six U.S. soldiers died. However, this particular crash was no accident and it was recently revealed that enemy fire was responsible for one of the worst casualty incidents in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.

Four NATO soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far this year. One service member was killed in a suicide attack on Jan. 4 in eastern Afghanistan, and another on Jan. 1.

Wikipedia reports that the MC-12 aircraft is the military designation for a series of twin-engine turboprop aircraft based on the Beechcraft Super King Air and Beechcraft 1900. C-12 variants are used by the United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. These aircraft are used for various duties, including embassy support, medical evacuation, as well as passenger and light cargo transport. Some aircraft are modified with surveillance systems for various missions, including the Cefly Lancer, Guardrail and Project Liberty programs.

More details on the MC-12 crash will be posted here as they are made available.

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