13 killed in a military plane crash

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - A military plane crashed Tuesday, killing 13 soldiers, including members on an elite army unit, a military spokesman said.

The U.S.-made C-130 transport crashed during a training flight because of a technical fault, the spokesman said.

The crash occurred at 6 a.m. near the desert village of Dabaan, 29 miles east of the Jordanian capital Amman, a military official said on condition of anonymity.

The army sealed off roads leading to the village, which lies on a highway that leads to the Iraqi and Syrian borders.

The military official said the Royal Air Force plane reported a technical failure before it crashed, killing all on board.

Other military officials, also insisting on anonymity, said the victims included members of the army's elite Special Operations Unit.

The C-130 is one of a dozen military cargo planes that the United States gave to Jordan in 1996 as a reward for signing a peace treaty with Israel two years earlier.

The crash is the third in Jordan this year. A Turkish pilot flying a Jordanian attack helicopter crashed over the central desert April 12 during joint military exercises.

Two months earlier, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed during a training flight over a desert area in central Jordan. The two-man crew survived unharmed.

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