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2 Bodies Found in Kyrgyzstan After Crash of US Military Plane

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The wreckage of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker plane is seen at the site of the crash near the Kyrgyz village of Chaldovar, May 3, 2013.

The wreckage of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker plane is seen at the site of the crash near the Kyrgyz village of Chaldovar, May 3, 2013.

Officials in Kyrgyzstan say the bodies of two U.S. pilots have been found, after their military refueling plane crashed Friday about 160 kilometers west of an American air base at Manas International Airport. The base is used to support U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for Kyrgyzstan's Emergencies Ministry said that search teams found the two fragmented bodies early Saturday morning. The bodies have not been identified and the search is continuing for a third American who was onboard and the flight recorders.

Kyrgyz officials said the plane was carrying about 60 tons of fuel when it went down.

There is no word on what may have caused the crash.

On Monday, a civilian cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from the U.S.-run Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, killing all seven people on board.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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