An MC-12 crash has claimed the lives of three American victims this week in eastern Afghanistan. The military drone was said to crash down as part of an “aircraft mishap” in an ongoing investigation, noted an official statement provided by NATO. WebProNews shares what tragic details are known at this point in time this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
The MC-12 crash was confirmed as a twin-turboprop Beechcraft plane that had been used in the past for routine reconnaissance missions. The plane is also known for its operation of various surveillance systems at once, which makes it possible for service attendants aboard the aircraft to monitor several areas simultaneously. Two International Security Assistance members were killed in the accident, while another civilian also died.
“International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF civilian died following an aircraft mishap in eastern Afghanistan today,” NATO released in a statement.
An exact cause behind the fatal MC-12 crash in eastern Afghanistan has not been confirmed at this point in time. According to the report, the accident in which three victims were killed has been cited as an “aircraft mishap,” while defense officials have also stated that early intelligence reports allege that the crash was not due to enemy fire or threatening activities.
“Contrary to what one may believe due to the intense hostilities still prevalent in Afghanistan, most of the aircraft crashes in the country have been accidents, with helicopter accidents claiming the most lives. This is because helicopters are a main mode of transportation in Afghanistan due to the ever-present threat of roadside bombs, IEDs, and the lack of proper infrastructure and roads to allow vehicles to traverse the mountainous countryside.”
Sadly, news of the MC-23 crash and the death of three American service members has been reported on the very same day that ISAF provided the public with a statement saying that a Black Hawk helicopter crash (which killed six people back in late 2013) occurred due to enemy activity, not a “mishap.”