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Three Dead In Plane Crash In Southern Afghanistan


http://gdb.rferl.org/a59d08e9-871e-4902-abef-c98b3c389f7f_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/a59d08e9-871e-4902-abef-c98b3c389f7f_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) LASHKARGAR, April 24, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A transport plane carrying U.S. anti-narcotics officials today crashed into a nomad settlement in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province.


The Associated Press news agency quotes a coalition official as saying that two people on board the plane and one on the ground were killed, and eight people were injured.


RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reported that one of the victims was a child.


A spokesman for the Canadian military, Major Quentin Innis, said that the Russian-made plane crashed after trying to avoid a truck on the runway while landing at the airport in Lashkargar, the capital of Afghanistan's Helmand Province.


Innis said the plane was carrying a team from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, which has been involved in an opium eradication campaign in southern Afghanistan.

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