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The six U.S. airmen killed Friday when a plane crashed during takeoff in Afghanistan have been identified.
The American C-130 transport plane plummeted shortly after midnight local time (3:19 p.m. ET) at Jalalabad airfield, coalition spokesman U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus said. In total, 13 people were killed.
On Saturday, the Department of Defense named the dead Americans as Capt. Jonathan J. Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California; Capt. Jordan B. Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas; Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia; Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida; and Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia.
Sartain and Ruiz were assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. The other four were assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.
The other victims were five civilian contractors, who were passengers, and two Afghan civilians who were killed on the ground, Tribus said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Tajawar Khan, 58, who works as a caretaker near the base, said he witnessed a "huge explosion and massive fire" after hearing a "strange sound" from a plane. Khan added that the blaze raged for several hours.
The Taliban claimed they shot the plane out of the sky, but the group is prone to exaggeration.
The C-130 is a four-engine turboprop aircraft used to transport personnel and oversized cargo.