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U.S. C-130 crashes in Albania


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(CNN) -- A U.S. military C-130 on a training mission with nine people on board has crashed in Albania during apparent bad weather, and their fate was unknown, a Pentagon official said.

The official said the Pentagon didn't know how many were U.S. military personnel.

A second military cargo plane on the same training mission was aiding the search-and-rescue effort.

An Albanian defense ministry spokesman told The Associated Press the plane had taken off from the capital's Mother Teresa Airport and crashed on Driza Mountain in the district of Gramsh, 80 kilometers (48 miles) southeast of Tirana.

"It is thought the people on board have died, but this is not confirmed," Reuters reported Public Order Ministry spokesman Florion Serjani as saying.

Serjani said the mountainous terrain had forced police to abandon their vehicles and proceed to the crash site on foot, according to Reuters.

It reported that Albania's general staff chief Pellumb Qazimi had sent troops to the area and would fly helicopters there by dawn.


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