The plane’s cabin door was opened, and the pilot and the two passengers jumped out.
The pilot said he thought he had found a new home in his heart.
“He said he’d never been in a plane before,” the pilot said.
“I don’t know if it was luck or if it’s the way he was wired.
I just got lucky.”
The crew of the plane, which is still missing, said the passengers did not tell the captain that they were being held prisoner in Afghanistan and were not expected to make it back to the United States.
It is not clear whether they were taken prisoner in the plane or were held captive for several weeks.
The U.S. military says it is searching for the crew.
It said in a statement that the investigation is ongoing.
“The investigation is continuing and it is still too early to determine what happened to the plane,” the statement said.
The United States has not identified the plane’s passengers, or any of its crew members.
The plane, known as a CH-47 Chinook, was shot down in an attack on a checkpoint near the Afghan capital, Kabul, in July 2009.
The crew was rescued but later killed.
The Chinook’s disappearance is the latest in a string of missing aircraft that have occurred in Afghanistan since a U.N. mission in 2010 ordered the United Nations to investigate.
The latest case involved a plane that went down near the border town of Tashkent, killing all eight crew members and destroying parts of a cargo plane.
The aircraft was transporting a team of Afghan and Pakistani security forces to a training camp in southern Afghanistan.
A Taliban commander later said he had ordered the attacks in retaliation for the United Nation’s decision to allow more U.P. troops to enter the country.
The incident prompted the U.K. government to suspend a planned military training mission to Afghanistan in October.
U.U.N.-led peace talks broke down last year and were supposed to resume in February.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly said he will not participate in the talks, which have been hampered by a lack of progress in resolving the Afghan conflict.