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ISAF Plane Makes 'Hard Landing' In Eastern Afghanistan

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan said on Sunday that one of its planes, a C-130, had made a "hard landing" in the eastern Logar province of the war-torn country earlier in the day.

"There are no casualties, and there was no indication of insurgent activity in the area at the time," ISAF said in a statement posted on its website.

Notably, it was the second such incident involving a foreign aircraft in Afghanistan in recent days. Taliban insurgents had captured a group of foreigners after their helicopter made a forced landing in adverse weather conditions in the country's east on April 21.

The helicopter was carrying eight Turks as well as a Russian, a Kyrgyz and an Afghan when it made the emergency landing. Last week, Taliban released four of the Turkish hostages as a "goodwill gesture for the Muslims of Turkey." The insurgent group also promised to release the remaining hostages soon.

Incidentally, all the seven crew-members on board a U.S. civilian cargo plane were killed after the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from the Bagram air base near the Afghan capital Kabul on April 29.

Besides, four ISAF service-members were killed on April 25 after their plane crashed in Jamal Khil area of Shah Joe district in southern Zabul province. The victims were later identified as U.S. defense personnel. Earlier that month, two ISAF personnel were killed after their plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

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