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Seven Dead in Cargo Plane Crash at US Base in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- NATO is rejecting a Taliban claim that it shot down a U.S. civilian cargo plane Monday at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.

All seven crew members reportedly died when the aircraft went down shortly after take-off.  However, the coalition did not immediately identify the victims.

Witnesses said that the plane only reached an altitude of about 1,300 feet before it fell from the sky and crashed within the boundaries of Bagram, the largest military base for American troops in Afghanistan.

Shortly thereafter, the Taliban issued a statement to the Pakistan-based Afghan Islam Press that its fighters had brought down the plane.

However, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) maintains there was no signs of enemy fire around the base at the time of the incident.  An investigation into the crash is now underway.

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