Reports: USAF KC-135 Crashes in Kyrgyzstan

Initial reports indicate (and Air Force sources reportedly confirm)  a US Air Force KC-135 has crashed after takeoff from Manas, Kyrgyzstan, which is a transit hub for US forces in Afghanistan.

Five people were on board, said Elmira Shyrypova, at the Kyrgyz Emergencies Ministry press office. The U.S. military didn’t give the number of those on the plane and said “the status of the crew is unknown.”

Purported photos of the crash site show KC-135 wing parts and a McConnell AFB tail flash.

KC-135s can carry cargo and are also refuelers for the many fighter aircraft supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.

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