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Smoldering wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 (Credit: AP )

Smoldering wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

U.S. military plane carrying 3 crashes in Kyrgyzstan

An American military plane carrying three crew members crashed in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the U.S. operates an air base key to the war in Afghanistan.

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
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The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk. The military refueling plane carrying three crew members crashed Friday in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the U.S. operates an air base key to the war in Afghanistan. (May 3, 2013)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, about 111 miles from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. There was no word on the fate of the KC-135 crew as darkness fell and the search for them was suspended for the night. (May 3, 2013)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk. The plane crashed near Chaldovar, a village 100 miles west of the U.S. Transit Center at Manas base outside the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

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Onlookers view the wreckage from a U.S. Air
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Onlookers view the wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. The plane was on a refueling mission for Afghanistan war operations at the time of the crash, a U.S. defense official in Washington said. (May 3, 2013)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, about 111 miles from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. The front section of the aircraft has not yet been found, Kyrgyz Emergencies Minister Kubatbek Boronov told The Associated Press. (May 3, 2013)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, about 111 miles from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, about 111 miles from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

A soldier stands near the debris of a
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A soldier stands near the debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, 180 km from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

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The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
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The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, 180 km from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. Officials at the U.S. base said they had no information yet on the cause of the crash. (May 3, 2013)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The debris of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, about 111 miles from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. Cargo planes do not have ejector seats. (May 3, 2013)

The remains of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The remains of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, about 111 miles from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

The remains of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker
(Credit: Getty Images)

The remains of a crashed U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker plane are seen on a hill near the villages of Chorgolo and Cholok-Aryk, about 111 miles from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

Wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker
(Credit: AP)

Wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft is strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

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Smoldering wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135
(Credit: AP )

Smoldering wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage
(Credit: AP)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

A Kyrgyz policeman investigates a U.S. Air Force
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A Kyrgyz policeman investigates a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage as a local citizen speaks to The Associated Press photographer on a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. (May 3, 2013)

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