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article imageVideo: Boeing 747 crash at Bagram Airfield military base kills 7

By Anne Sewell     May 1, 2013 in World
Graphic video footage of a US cargo plane crashing immediately after takeoff from Bagram Airfield military base in Afghanistan on Monday, was captured on a vehicle dashcam.
The camera catches the sight of the plane plummeting to the ground, crashing and erupting into a massive ball of flames.
All seven passengers were killed in the crash of the National Airlines Boeing 747 taking off from the Bagram Airfield military base, just north of the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, on Monday and all were American citizens.
In a statement to the media, Shirley Kaufman, VP of National Air Cargo, said that five of the seven casualties were from Michigan.
She said, “We are not yet releasing the identities of the colleagues we lost out of respect for their families who need a little more time to reach their loved ones.”
According to Kaufman, the aircraft was transporting vehicles and other cargo when it crashed.
In a further statement, the National Airlines president said: "This is a devastating loss for our family, and we'll work diligently with authorities to find the cause."
Reportedly the Taliban almost immediately took credit for downing the cargo plane. However, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) dismissed this claim as “false.”
According to emergency personnel on the scene who are investigating the cause of the crash, no insurgent activity had been recorded in and around the area at that time. Also, the video footage shows no evidence of an attack.
The base has, however, been regularly targeted by Afghan insurgents in the past. 2007 saw the deadly Bagram Airfield bombing, a suicide attack that killed some 23 people and injured 20 more, which coincided with a visit by then-vice-president Dick Cheney.
The video appeared on YouTube within 24 hours of the crash and does appear to be authentic, although the date on the dashboard camera is incorrect.
The names of the crash victims have been released.
Brad Hasler, Pilot In Command, Trenton MI
Jeremy Lipka, Pilot In Command, Brooklyn MI
Jamie Brokaw, First Officer, Monroe, MI
Rinku Summan, First Officer, Canton, MI
Michael Sheets, Loadmaster, Ypsilanti, MI
Timothy Garrett, Maintenance, Louisville, KY
Gary Stockdale, Maintenance, Romulus, MI
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