Navy SEALs recover bodies from USAF crash site in Afghanistan

The remains of two Americans were extracted from a crashed aircraft in Afghanistan, deep within Taliban-controlled territory.

The E-11A, which crashed in the  Deh Yak district of Ghazni province, was secured by members of DEVGRU on Tuesday.

Two bodies were recovered and brought back to an undisclosed military installation along with a flight recorder, which may give insight as to how and why the plane went down.

While the aircraft -which was assigned to the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron-  was destroyed with demolition charges to prevent the taking of sensitive equipment, the Taliban had already secured the site prior to the SEALs’ arrival, so it is unknown if any sensitive items were unaccounted for.

“The remains were found near the crash site, treated with dignity and respect by the local Afghan community, in accordance with their culture,” said the statement from US Forces-Afghanistan.

According to Newsweek, the plane was at cruising altitude when the mayday call went out, and US officials do not believe the plane was shot down.

US officials currently suspect that bad fuel may have been the cause, as the pilot of an A-10 Thunderbolt II had reported fuel-related problems on Monday.

It is unknown if the crew were CIA or Air Force personnel, and reports released in recent days have proven conflicting.

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