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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, the U.S.-led military coalition said.
It is not immediately known if there were casualties.
Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition denied that, saying in a statement to The Associated Press: “Taliban’s claims are false. There was no enemy activity or involvement during this incident.”
The coalition said emergency crews rushed to the scene and were assessing the situation.
Capt. Luca Carniel, a coalition spokesman, said the aircraft crashed from a low altitude right after takeoff. He had no information about how many people were on board or the name of the company operating the aircraft.
The district police chief in the area, Zamaray Khan, said the aircraft crashed at about 3 p.m.
In another development, President Hamid Karzai accused U.S. forces of killing four civilians and wounding one in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Sunday after an American’ convoy was attacked by insurgents.
In a statement issued by his office, Karzai “strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians.”
The U.S.-led military coalition said it was still investigating the clash, which left four soldiers with minor injuries and damaged a patrol vehicle. In a statement issued on Sunday, the coalition said the Taliban attacked the coalition patrol with small arms fire and roadside bombs as it moved through a local bazaar in the province where there were civilians.
“Coalition forces engaged the enemy, pushed through the hostile area, and traveled to a nearby Afghan National Army checkpoint,” the coalition said in a statement. “An investigation is currently underway to assess whether there are any civilian casualties as a result of insurgent fire.”
AP writers Amir Shah and Thomas Wagner in Kabul contributed.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.