It has been an terrible week for U.S. military aviation. An MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft crashed over eastern Afghanistan, killing three Americans. The plane was conducting night mission operations. Defense officials have stated that there is no indication that enemy activity was involved with the crash.
The news comes following two previous U.S. military helicopters crashes this week. This week’s three crashes combined resulted in the death of eight service members.
ABC News — A U.S. military plane has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of three Americans. There are no indications that the aircraft was brought down by enemy fire, said a defense official.
“International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF civilian died following an aircraft mishap in eastern Afghanistan today,” said a statement released by NATO in Afghanistan.
A defense official told ABC News that the incident involved an MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft flying a nighttime mission over eastern Afghanistan.
MC-12’s are Beechcraft propeller aircraft that carry multiple surveillance systems that enable the monitoring of different areas at the same time. The feeds are monitored by technicians who fly in the rear of the small aircraft.
The crash comes on the same day that an ISAF spokesperson confirmed that a Blackhawk helicopter crash in mid-December that killed six soldiers was the result of “enemy action.”