Five of the dead were U.S. service members that were the crew of the aircraft, five were civilian contractors who were passengers, and two were local Afghan civilians who were killed on the ground, the military official said.
The civilian contractors were working with “Resolute Support,” the NATO-led mission to train and advise Afghan security forces. It follows the military mission in Afghanistan after combat operations ended at the end of 2014.
The transport plane went down shortly after midnight local time. Reports indicate no hostile activity was observed or reported in the area of the airport at the time of the crash, and no cause has otherwise been determined.