- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AP) - Officials say four airmen from an Air Force base in West Texas were among 11 people killed in a U.S. military transport plane crash in Afghanistan.

Dyess (DY’-us) Air Force Base in Abilene on Friday announced the victims included four members of the 317th Airlift Group

A Dyess statement did not immediately release names of the two pilots and two loadmasters who died, pending notification of next of kin.

The C-130J plane crashed overnight in eastern Afghanistan, killing six American airmen and five civilians. The crash happened shortly after midnight Thursday at Jalalabad air field, about 80 miles from the capital, Kabul.

Authorities say an unknown number of people on the ground were also killed.

Afghan officials had no immediate details on the crash or any casualty figures.

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