The US military confirmed on Monday that one of its planes crashed in eastern Afghanistan.
Col Sonny Leggett said: “While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire.”
The plane crashed in the District of Deh Yak, Ghazni Province, a region with a heavy Taliban presence.
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It is not known how many people were on board. Col Leggett denied Taliban reports that there had been a crash of more than one aircraft.
Social media accounts from the Taliban have posted unverified footage displaying a burnt plane with US Air Force markings.
Although helicopters in Afghanistan have shown themselves unreliable and prone to accidents, the loss of a US fixed-wing aircraft is relatively unseen.
But it is not assumed that the Taliban will have the kinds of anti-aircraft missiles needed to bring down a high-flying plane. The plane involved is an E-11A, one of just four in the US Air Force as a whole.
It is an adapted executive jet from Bombardier, selected for its ability to fly at high altitudes and with extended range. The mission is to enable better communication between air and ground forces and between different types of aircraft operating in difficult terrain or with incompatible data links.
The aircraft-along with similar electronics placed on unmanned systems-played an important role in the Afghan war, where the mountainous terrain presents a major challenge to modern military communication.
The video shows a Bombardier E-11A-the jet model used by the U.S. Air Force to control Afghanistan electronically.
Initially, Afghan officials had said the crash plane belonged to Ariana, a state-owned airline, but the company said all its aircraft were taken for already.