When seven Americans were killed during a cargo plane crash in Afghanistan Monday, a dashcam reportedly captured the horrifying scene.
A U.S. cargo plane crashed as it was taking off from Bagram Airbase near Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, killing all seven crew members.
A dashcam video surfaced on LiveLeak.com Tuesday showing a plane tipping upward and then crashing near a highway as traffic passed by. A social authentication site, Storyful, geolocated the video to the Afghanistan crash site. News organizations have not yet authenticated the video.
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Terrifying plane crash purportedly caught on camera
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash of the Boeing 747-400, but the U.S.-led military coalition denied that, saying in a statement to The Associated Press: "Taliban's claims are false. There was no enemy activity or involvement during this incident."
"We did lose all seven crew members," a spokeswoman for National Air Cargo told Reuters by telephone. The Associated Press said the victims were Jamie Brokaw, 33, of Monroe, Mich.; Gary Stockdale, 51; Brad Hasler, 34, of Trenton, Mich.; Jeremy Lipka, 37, of Brooklyn, Mich.; Rinku Summan, 32, of Canton, Mich.; Michael Sheets, 36, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and Timothy Garrett, 51, of Louisville, Ky.
"This is a devastating loss for our family and we'll work diligently with authorities to find the cause," said National Airlines President Glen Joerger. "Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crewmembers and their families."
The district governor for Bagram, Abdul Shukor, described the plane as having reached an altitude of about 1,300 feet before suddenly "falling out of the sky," he said, citing witness accounts.
Reports said the aircraft may have stalled due to a load shift.
The district police chief in the area, Zamaray Khan, said the aircraft crashed at about 3 p.m. It was headed to Dubai, the airline said.
The crash came two days after four U.S. service members were killed when their surveillance aircraft in southern Afghanistan crashed due to bad weather.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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