Boeing Down: Boeing 747 Crashes in Afghanistan

A civilian Boeing 747 cargo plane taking off from the Bagram air base, Afghanistan, crashed killing all on board Monday, April 29, 2013.

The aircraft had been contracted out by the U.S. military and had arrived at the base the previous day.

Eyewitnesses said that the 747 had taken off normally but at an altitude of 1,200ft it suddenly dropped out of the sky and hit the ground resulting in a violent explosion.

There are some unconfirmed reports that the crash may be due to the load shifting in the hold of the plane, the plane then pitching up past recovery by the crew with a subsequent stall which caused the crash.

On the other hand, the Taliban lost no time in announcing that they had shot the Boeing down by firing at, and hitting the engines, with an AK-47 rifle. Nato and Isaf denied these reports and claimed there were no Taliban activity at the time and at the location of the crash.

The tragic event comes just a couple days after a U.S. MC-12 military surveillance aircraft crashed apparently due to bad weather, and is also the second Boeing passenger/cargo airliner crash this month (April 2013) after the well-publicized accident in Bali, Indonesia.

Crash at Bagram


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