National Air Cargo airplane crashes in Afghanistan
A National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter crashed in Afghanistan killing all seven crew members, The Aviation Herald has reported.
The airplane operating on behalf of US Mobility Command, from Bagram to Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport was carrying eight a seven-member crew and cargo consisting of five military vehicles, when it crashed shortly after takeoff erupting into flames near the end of the runway.
Afghan authorities immediately denied claims that the crash of a large civilian cargo aircraft was the result of enemy activities. According to a listener on the frequency, the crew reported the aircraft stalled due to a possible load shift.
Eyewitness reports describe the airplane as having reached an altitude of about 400 m (1312 feet) before suddenly "falling out of the sky".
National Air Cargo were operating three Boeing 747-400s.