A Boeing 747-400 cargo plane crashed in Afghanistan and killed all seven American crew members on board.
The crash happened shortly after takeoff around 11:20 a.m. local time from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the NTSB said in a press release. The Boeing 747-400 was headed to Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport, in the United Arab Emirates carrying vehicles and general cargo.
Seven Americans killed in the Afghanistan plane crash were: Jamie Brokaw, 33, of Monroe, Mich; maintenance worker Gary Stockdale, 51, of Romulus, Mich.; pilots Brad Hasler, 34, of Trenton, Mich., and Jeremy Lipka, 37, of Brooklyn, Mich.; first officer Rinku Summan, 32, of Canton, Mich.; loadmaster Michael Sheets, 36, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and maintenance crewman Timothy Garrett, 51, of Louisville, Ky.
Video of the cargo plane crash showed it taking off into overcast skies, before stalling, nose-diving and plummeting to the ground. The plane explodes and is engulfed in a massive fire. Watch Cargo Plane Crash Video Below!
The National Transportation Safety Board is studying the cargo plane crash video for evidence about the crash. The accident site is within the perimeter of Bagram Air Base.
The Afghanistan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation is leading the investigation. The NTSB is investigating the crash alongside the ministry. The team will be composed of three NTSB investigators, as well as representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, the NTSB said.
“Safety is always our top priority at National Airlines. This is a devastating loss for our family and we’ll work diligently with authorities to find the cause,” National Airlines President Glen Joerger said in the statement. “Our focus at this time is on the family members of those we’ve lost, and on assisting the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority in their investigations.”
The Taliban had initially claimed responsibility for downing the 747 plane, but NATO officials said the claims were false and there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time of the crash.
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A civilian cargo plane crash at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul in Afghanistan has killed seven people.
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