A Boeing 747 cargo jet has crashed today following takeoff at the US air base in Bagram, Afghanistan. Reports indicate that all 7 crew perished in the crash.
‘The Taliban claims to have brought down the aircraft, but according to an eyewitness, the aircraft stalled on take-off, the nose went vertical and it ‘came straight back down’. Afghan authorities have denied enemy involvement.
The aircraft was said to be carrying military equipment bound for Dubai.
The runway is now closed and the whole base is on lock-down. National Air Cargo has confirmed the accident, but is waiting for the full facts before releasing a statement.’
There are no additional details at this time. We will update when we know more.
Twitter user Albert Ramirez posted this photo of the crash:
The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it is sending a team to investigate a fatal crash in Afghanistan of a cargo plane that killed seven crew members, including five from Michigan.
NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said NTSB “is sending a team of investigators to Afghanistan later today to investigate yesterday’s crash of a Boeing 747 cargo airplane.”
A National Airlines Boeing 747-400 was carrying vehicles aboard intended for Dubai, when it went down at about 7 a.m. Monday, said Shirley Kaufman, National Airlines and National Air Cargo vice president of Human Resources, Ethics and Compliance.
The seven dead were four pilots, two mechanics and a load master, who reviews if the cargo weight is appropriate for the aircraft. No other information on the victims was immediately available. The freight plane had no commercial passengers aboard.
Here is video of the crash: