| GEO World|
| US troops among four killed in Afghan aircraft crash|
| Updated at: 1454 PST, Friday, April 09, 2010|
KABUL: A US aircraft crashed in Afghanistan, killing three American troops and a civilian in the south where a nearly nine-year Taliban insurgency has been concentrated, the military said Friday.
The cause of the incident that downed the US Air Force CV-22 Osprey, which takes off like a helicopter but flies more like a plane, was under investigation, said the US-run International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
"A US Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan late last night, killing three US service members, one civilian employee, and injuring numerous other service members," the alliance said in a statement.
The aircraft was carrying US forces and crashed about seven miles (11 kilometers) west of Qalat city in Zabul province, the military added.