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US tilt-rotor aircraft crashes in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban claim to have downed an American tilt-rotor aircraft in Afghanistan, but NATO will only say the crash is under investigation.

The crash in the southeastern part of the country killed four people and injured a number of others. NATO says they were taken to a military base for treatment.

The aircraft involved is a CV-22 Osprey, which can take off like a helicopter but then rotates the engines on its wings so it can fly like a conventional plane. During its development, it suffered a number of fatal crashes, including one in 2000 that killed 19 Marines.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, regional police in the western part of the country say a roadside bomb struck a small bus, killing three civilians and wounding five others.


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