October 1, 2015 (by Asif Shamim) - US Defence officials have said a C-130J belonging to the USAF has crashed near Jalalabad in the east of Afghanistan in the early hours of Friday morning, local time.
Dyess Air Force base released a statement stating four Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Group perished at 12:19hrs, local time in Afghanistan, on October 2, (02:49hrs Central Time, Oct. 1) when their C-130J crashed during initial take-off from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan.
The names of the deceased are being withheld until 24 hours after the families of the Airmen have been notified.
"The death of these Airmen, who died in service to our country, is a profound loss," said Col. Michael Bob Starr, 7th Bomb Wing commander. "The sadness and shock of this tragedy can be felt across the entire Dyess community, and our hearts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in the 317th AG. We are extending every available resource to comfort and care for the family and friends of our fallen heroes."
"This is a deeply emotional time for everyone in the 317th Airlift Group," said Col. Stephen Hodge, 317th AG commander. "The friendship and camaraderie in the Herk community, especially among our Dyess and Abilene friends is unlike any other. These Airmen and their loved ones are our family and we will continue to take care of them."
Six U.S. service members and five civilians died in the crash. The deceased from the 317th AG contained an aircrew of two C-130J pilots and two loadmasters.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by officials in the Central Command Area of Responsibility.
Updates as and when reported.