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BODIES OF SIX AMERICANS RETRIEVED FROM CRASH SITE

Search teams have recovered the bodies of six Americans who died when their plane crashed high in Afghanistan's snow-covered mountains, U.S. military officials said today.

The plane went down Saturday, but search efforts were complicated by bad weather and difficult terrain, said military spokesman Maj. Mark McCann.

"We regret to report that all six individuals on board the aircraft -- the three U.S. civilian crew members and three U.S. soldiers -- were killed in the crash," McCann said.

He said the victims' identities would be released later.

"An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash. However, at this time, we have no indication this crash was caused by hostile fire," he said.

The bodies were found amid the debris of the plane in the Hindu Kush mountains.