3 Americans dead as military plane crashes in Afghanistan

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Three Americans aboard a U.S. military MC-12 plane were killed Friday morning following a crash in the eastern portion of Afghanistan.

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but a defense officer told ABC News that investigators have ruled out enemy fire.

The New York Daily News reported the statement from a NATO spokesman: “Two International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF civilian died following an aircraft mishap in eastern Afghanistan today. It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”

Fox News also identified the dead as Americans.

The MC-12 is a surveillance craft that carries multiple cameras, ABC said.

Sgt. Mark Koehl plays taps outside a memorial service Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Fort Riley, Kan. Soldiers and families paid their respects to five soldiers who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in December in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

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Sgt. Mark Koehl plays taps outside a memorial service Thursday, January 9, ... more >

This has been a deadly week for America’s military.

Four U.S. service members were killed when the Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter they rode crashed in England on Tuesday. The following day, two were killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia. Two others on board that MH-53E chopper were injured, and another went missing. The fifth crew member has still not be located and rescuers late Thursday called off the search mission.

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