Plane crash caught on film

KABUL - Footage from a dashboard camera show a cargo plane crash shortly after take-off from the Bagram air base near the Afghan capital.

Seven crew members perished when the Boeing 747 stalled and fell out of the sky.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the crash, but NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said there were no reports of insurgent activity in or around the base, which is one of the largest in the country.

The footage clearly shows the plane gaining altitude, stalling and rapidly dropping before crashing into a field.

A spokesman for National Air Cargo confirmed that the plane belonged to them.

Pilots Brad Hasler and Jeremy Lipka, first officers Jamie Brokaw and Rinku Summan, loadmaster Michael Sheets and maintenance crew Gary Stockdale and Timothy Garrett died in the crash.

The district governor for Bagram, Abdul Shukor, described the plane as having reached an altitude of about 400m before suddenly "falling out of the sky".

Coalition forces said that the official cause of the crash is under investigation, but it is believed that the plane's cargo -- which included mostly military vehicles -- moved as the flight took off, causing it to spin out of control.

 

 

 

- Additional reporting Reuters

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