Reports indicate that a US surveillance plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday with five or less personnel on board; No evidence suggests that the plane was shot down as the Taliban is claiming; The plane was a US Air Force Bombardier E-11A.

On Monday, a manned US military surveillance plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan. The plane was a US Air Force Bombardier E-11A that is believed to have approximately five people on board thought this is not confirmed. Early on, the Taliban took credit for the crash claiming they had shot it down but evidence suggests this is not the case. US military spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett stated, “While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire.”

The crash did take place in Taliban-controlled territory, followed by spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claiming that there were ‘high-ranking CIA officers’ on board who died among others in the crash. How they could’ve known this is undetermined. A journalist from the region stated the he did see two bodies lying near the aircraft.