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747 Crashes at Bagram Airport

Bagram, Afghanistan 29 April, 2013-A National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter on behalf of US Mobility Command, registration N949CA performing cargo flight N8-102 from Bagram (Afghanistan) to Dubai Al Maktoum (United Arab Emirates) with 7 crew and cargo consisting of 5 military vehicles, has crashed shortly after takeoff from Bagram Air Base’s runway 03 at 15:30L (11:00Z) and erupted into flames near the end of the runway within the perimeter of the Air Base. All 7 crew are reported perished in the crash.

The investigation into this mishap is still in the early stages.  The video does not reveal external causal effects from say a missile strike.  It appears to be a simple aerodynamic stall from which the crew did not have the altitude to recover from.

Speculation points to maybe a catastrophic shift of cargo as the aircraft pitched up for take off.

Updates of the investigation will be posted here and in our Gallery.

 


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