MC-12 crash, 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.”
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.
An MC-12 crash in Afghanistan has left three Americans dead, part of a deadly week in which at least 10 Americans were killed in aircraft accidents.
Though there are still few details of the MC-12 crash, a defense officials confirmed that it was not taken down by enemy fire. The MC-12 is mounted with multiple cameras an is traditionally used as a surveillance plane.
“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 New York Daily News. “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”
The MC-12 crash comes at the end of a week in which at least 10 Americans have already been killed in aircraft crashes. On Tuesday an Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed along the English coast during a training mission, killing the four crew members on board.
The following day, an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter went down off the coast of Virginia, leaving two people killed and another missing and presumed dead. Two crew members were rescued after the crash.
Reports Thursday also confirmed that Taliban insurgents took down a helicopter in December, killing six Americans. Initial reports said that the helicopter crashed because of mechanical problems.
In the MC-12 crash, the dead included one civilian employee and two service members in a US-led international coalition. In all four NATO troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year, including two killed in separate suicide attacks, MC-12 crash.