Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A plane that crashed in a Taliban-controlled region of central Afghanistan on Monday has been identified as a small U.S. Air Force jet, according to news reports.
CBS News and Fox News reported that an Air Force Bombardier E-11 jet crashed in Ghazni province after initial reports had indicated the downed plane was a passenger jet operated by Afghan Ariana Airlines.
A U.S. military official wouldn't comment on the fate of the crew, but a spokesman for the Ghazni provincial government said the bodies of the plane's two pilots had been found at the crash site about 110 miles southwest of Kabul, in a region held by Taliban militants.
It appeared the plane was flying between the southern city of Kandahar and Kabul when it went down.
Initial reports indicated the downed plane was a passenger jet with 83 people aboard operated by national carrier Ariana. The government-run airline, however, swiftly denied the crash involved an Ariana flight, saying all of its planes were safe and accounted for.
Another plane also crashed in Iran on Monday -- a Caspian Airlines passenger jet that skidded off a runway and crash-landed in southwestern Iran. The plane was carrying 144 people but no casualties were reported.
State-run ISNA reported the crash was caused by technical problems with the landing gear.