U.S. plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

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An American refueling plane that took off in Kyrgyzstan crashed in a mountainous region Friday, a Kyrgyz official said.

Five people were on board, said Elmira Shyrypova, at the Kyrgyz Emergencies Ministry press office.

The plane crashed between Chorgolu and Cholok-Aryk — two villages in the Chuysky region of Kyrgyzstan, and a fire crew and three ambulances responded, Shyrypova said.

Earlier, another Kyrgyz official said a U.S. military aircraft had gone missing after taking off from the Manas airport in Kyrgyzstan. A U.S. airbase that serves as a supply hub for American forces in Afghanistan is located at the airport.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldyev held an emergency meeting in connection with the crash, state media reported.


CNN’s Yousuf Basil contributed to this report

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