U.S. military plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

Moscow (CNN) — An American military refueling plane that took off in Kyrgyzstan crashed in a mountainous region Friday, Kyrgyz officials 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.

A Pentagon spokesman says the plane is a KC-135.

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.

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