MOSCOW -- A U.S. fueling plane crashed in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan on Friday, a local official said.
The Boeing 707 took off from the U.S. air base at Manas International Airport near Bishkek, officials said. The base is a key installation for transit operations to and from Afghanistan.
"At about 15:20 [local time], we received information that a U.S. fueling plane disappeared off the radar," Azamat Mambetov, an official of Kyrgyzstan's emergency ministry, said in a phone interview from Bishkek.
"Shortly after this news, we got a telephone call from a resident of an area about 40 miles west of Bishkek [the capital of Kyrgyzstan] that a big explosion was heard in the local mountains."