An aircraft believed to be an E-11A from a US Air Force electronic warfare squadron has crashed in Afghanistan, causing massive speculation over what exactly it was doing.
The plane, which is more or less a militarized Bombardier Global Express outfitted for communications and data relay, had reportedly crashed earlier this morning in the Taliban-held Ghazni Province.
Footage released by the Taliban shows the husk of the E-11A (tail number 358) burning in the now, the US Air Force roundel clearly visible on one of the plane’s two engines.
It is unknown if any occupants survived the crash, though Provincial government spokesman Arif Noori reported that the bodies of two crew were found at the scene.
Ariana Afghan Airlines denied initial reports that the plane was one of their commercial flights.
According to Defence Blog, the E-11A carries the Northrop Grumman Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, allowing disparate battlefield communications systems to share data.
The tail number of the aircraft indicates that the plane belongs to the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, an active United States Air Force unit assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Operations Group and stationed at Kandahar Air Base.
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