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A U.S. military transport plane crashed in central Albania
A U.S. military transport plane crashed in central Albania while on a training mission Thursday, and nine American personnel aboard were believed to have been killed, Albanian officials said. The Pentagon said a search was under way for the C-130 but poor weather was hampering efforts. The plane had taken off from Tirana's airport and crashed on Driza Mountain in the district of Gramsh, 50 miles southeast of capital, Tirana, Albanian Defense Ministry spokesman Agim Doci told The Associated Press. According to Xinhuanet, four bodies were found Friday morning after a US military aircraft with nine soldiers aboard crashed in central Albania on Thursday night, the ATA news agency reported. "Albanian police and military forces assisted by residents of the area are searching for the other bodies," an Albanian State Police spokeswoman was quoted by the ATA as saying. A US military MC130H was taking part in a joint exercise with Albanian forces when it crashed into Driza Mountain in the district of Gramsh, 100 km southeast of the capital Tirana. "We are intensively continuing search operations but the conditions are very difficult," Albanian army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Pellumb Qazimi said on Friday. The Albanian Defense Ministry said it has followed the situation closely. Unconfirmed reports said the plane sent out signals for help before the crash which was likely caused by mechanical defect
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