VIDEO: National Air Cargo Boeing 747 on takeoff with a high pitch rolls to the left, corrects, yaws to the right, and then rolls to the right and crashes.
A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field near the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing all seven people aboard. The plane came down shortly after take-off and crashed within the boundaries of the US-run airbase, a NATO spokesperson at the base said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition dismissed the claim as “false” in a statement to AP. The cause of the crash is being investigated by emergency crews, but no sign of insurgent activity in the area was spotted at the time, the statement added.
The cargo flight was destined for Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The cause of the crash is being investigated by authorities. Investigators are considering the possibility of load shift of the cargo inside the aircraft, which may have caused unpredictable behavior of the aircraft and instability during takeoff. Radio communications from the flight crew indicated accidental load shift on takeoff.
The initial roll to the left could be consistent with the cargo becoming unattached and sliding to the left side (port side) of the aircraft — causing the left side of the aircraft and left wing to be heavy.
The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead a team to assist the Afghanistan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation in the investigation of a cargo plane crash.
National Air Cargo headquarters is in Orchard Park, New York.
Information Related to Flight NCR102
A National Airlines B747-400 cargo plane was involved in an accident at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan today.
At approximately 7 a.m. EST, National Flight NCR102 from Bagram to Dubai, UAE with seven crewmembers on board crashed on takeoff. None of the crew members survived. This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard. Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo.
“Safety is always our top priority at National Airlines,” said National Airlines President Glen Joerger. “This is a devastating loss for our family and we’ll work diligently with authorities to find the cause,” said Joerger. “Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crewmembers and their families.”
National will release additional information as it becomes available, in cooperation with government authorities. Our focus at this time is on the family members of those we’ve lost, and on assisting the NTSB and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority in their investigations. As of now, the cause of the accident is unknown.
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