*DISCLAIMER * IF YOU HAVE A FEAR OF FLYING I URGE YOU TO SKIP THIS POST*
Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 3:30pm (UTC +0430), National Air Cargo flight NCR 102 lifted off from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan to Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, on a routine cargo flight. Flight NCR 102, a Boeing 747-428BCF (N949CA), operating with a crew of seven, was ferrying general cargo and five military vehicles in support of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, when it literally fell out of the sky.
The Boeing 747 freighter reached an altitude of approximately 1,200 feet when its nose quickly rose up, stalled, then suddenly pitched downward and slammed into the ground. (original wording of this sentence has been edited)
The initial theories, based on aircraft radio transmissions, indicate a sudden shift in the aircraft’s cargo causing the aircraft’s balance to be thrown off. This incident is being investigated by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation
The catastrophic crash of National Air Cargo’s Boeing 747 falling from the sky was amazingly captured on a dashboard camera passing in front of the aircraft as it lifted off from Bagram Airfield.
Below is the video of the aircraft crash. This video is not for the squeamish and certainly should not be watched by those with a fear of flying. Accidents happen, and statistically air travel remains far safer than driving in your car.
Ending this post with “Happy Flying” seems a tad inappropriate for the four pilots, the load master and two mechanics who lost their lives, so I’ll end with this …
… G-d Speed To You Seven On Board NCR 102.