MC-12 crash, A U.S. military MC-12 plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan early Friday morning, killing three Americans.
The plane was not struck by enemy fire, a defense official told ABC News, though a cause of the crash has not been released.
“Two International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF civilian died following an aircraft mishap in eastern Afghanistan today,” a NATO spokesman said in a statement to the Daily News. “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”
The MC-12 is traditionally used as a surveillance airplane, ABC News reports. The aircraft has multiple cameras, allowing an onboard technician to analyze data from different areas in real time.
The crash comes during what has been a deadly week for U.S. airmen.
An Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed into a marshy area on the England coast Tuesday night during a training mission, killing all four crewmen aboard.
On Wednesday, an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles off the coast of Virginia. Two people died and two more were rescued in that incident.
A fifth crewman has not been recovered and is presumed killed.
And reports surfaced Thursday that a December helicopter crash that killed six Americans had been caused by Taliban insurgents.
That incident was originally thought to have been caused by a mechanical issue.
The U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan says two of its service members and one civilian employee have died in an aircraft accident.
A NATO statement says the “aircraft mishap” happened on Friday in eastern Afghanistan. ABC News reports that an MC-12 was involved in the incident.
The alliance provided no details on the accident, and the names and nationalities of those killed were not released.
Four NATO troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year. One service member was killed in a suicide attack on Jan. 4, also in eastern Afghanistan, and another on Jan. 1.
A U.S. military plane has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of three Americans. There are no indications that the aircraft was brought down by enemy fire, said a defense official.
“International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF civilian died following an aircraft mishap in eastern Afghanistan today,” said a statement released by NATO in Afghanistan.
A defense official told ABC News that the incident involved an MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft flying a nighttime mission over eastern Afghanistan.
MC-12′s are Beechcraft propeller aircraft that carry multiple surveillance systems that enable the monitoring of different areas at the same time. The feeds are monitored by technicians who fly in the rear of the small aircraft.
The crash comes on the same day that an ISAF spokesperson confirmed that a Blackhawk helicopter crash in mid-December that killed six soldiers was the result of “enemy action.”
The spokesperson said that the families of the six soldiers were notified Thursday that “enemy action caused the crash and loss of life.”
At the time of the crash, on December 17, defense officials said there had been no indications that enemy fire had brought down the helicopter.
The investigation into the crash continues, so no other details were provided.
A defense official would not go into what kind of “enemy action” brought down the helicopter, but said the investigation had determined there was no firefight on the ground after the crash, MC-12 crash.