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Tue Apr 30, 2013, 01:38 PM

Warning: Graphic Plane Crash Footage

Afghanistan Plane Crash Video: Final Moments Of Doomed U.S. Cargo Plane Shown On Dash Camera (GRAPHIC)

Horrifying video has emerged showing the crash of a U.S. cargo plane in Afghanistan on Monday.

Scroll down for video - some readers may find this content disturbing.

The video, which appears to have been shot by a vehicle's dashboard camera, shows the National Airlines Boeing 747 taking off from the Bagram Airfield military base. According to NYC Aviation.com the aircraft’s nose pitches up heavily, the plane appears to stall and then it falls to the ground.

The crash killed all seven people on board. All were Americans.




http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/30/afghanistan-plane-crash-video_n_3186298.html

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Reply Warning: Graphic Plane Crash Footage (Original post)
MrScorpio Apr 2013 OP
Blue Owl Apr 2013 #1
Plucketeer Apr 2013 #3
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2013 #5
RT Atlanta Apr 2013 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2013 #8
RebelOne Apr 2013 #19
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2013 #22
litlbilly May 2013 #27
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2013 #12
dixiegrrrrl Apr 2013 #2
AndyA Apr 2013 #4
mindwalker_i Apr 2013 #7
Robb Apr 2013 #9
Poll_Blind Apr 2013 #10
pa28 May 2013 #26
Voice for Peace Apr 2013 #11
AtheistCrusader Apr 2013 #13
Voice for Peace Apr 2013 #16
AtheistCrusader Apr 2013 #18
The CCC Apr 2013 #14
sgsmith Apr 2013 #15
AtheistCrusader Apr 2013 #17
MynameisBlarney Apr 2013 #20
AAO Apr 2013 #21
MrScorpio Apr 2013 #24
Quixote1818 Apr 2013 #23
Poll_Blind May 2013 #25

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 01:45 PM

1. Hope to never witness such an event

It's a sickening feeling when you see a plane stall and stop in mid-air, especially something like a 747.

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 01:56 PM

3. I saw some crashes in Nam.

It really wrenches your gut to witness such. This footage is truly amazing - to see this massive plane literally HANG THERE for a couple of seconds before yielding to gravity. Could be mechanical malfunction and possibly a piece of cargo came loose and shifted aft.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:10 PM

5. It was during takeoff...

Could be a sudden power loss. Bird strike?

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:12 PM

6. Looks like a bad stall...

Question is what caused the stall - massive weightshift within the plane or something else? You can hear what sounds to be the engines revved to full power as the plane comes down, but it's too late at that point.

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Response to RT Atlanta (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:28 PM

8. Yeah, looks like the pilot lost air speed and tried to pull up. Bad move.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 05:13 PM

19. From my short experience flying a small plane,

I was taught that if the plane stalls out, do not try to pull up, just point the nose down, gain air speed and then pull up.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 06:22 PM

22. I went frame by frame it looks like the elevators are up.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #19)

Thu May 2, 2013, 10:42 PM

27. being a pilot myself

It almost looked like he was tail heavy. If your plane is nose heavy, much easier to deal with. With a tail heavy plane, almost impossible to control. I think they had to much weight in the back and the center of gravity was not where it should be. And as far as stalling an airplane, you can stall at any airspeed and any attitude, had that drilled into my head.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:41 PM

12. Just read this was transporting vehicles. The cargo master was on board.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 01:49 PM

2. reason for crash been determined yet?

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:06 PM

4. Horrible.

I saw a horrific car crash once, where people were killed. Took me a while to not shiver when I thought of it, and I still have low tolerance for careless, rude drivers who break the law, because I've seen first hand what can happen.

I guess I'm thankful that it was a cargo plane, and that there weren't more people on board, but that doesn't really matter to the families of those who died.

RIP.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:17 PM

7. As a hang glider pilot...

I see the stall and can feel it deep in my bones, then the subsequent getting blown around by the wind after losing control. Glad I don't carry jet fuel!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:38 PM

9. Holy fuck me.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:38 PM

10. Seeing as the plane is almost perpendicular to the ground, and it's a cargo plane, I'm...

...wondering if a load shifted to the rear to throw the plane into such an orientation. Exceptionally disturbing. The person driving the car immediately knows something is wrong because you can see they slow down/stop almost as soon as the plane comes into view. Harrowing to be staring at such a huge aircraft, watch it wobble like that in the air, and know that not only are there people onboard who will likely die but that the aircraft may come down either on you or close enough to you that you're killed or injured as well.

Very grim.

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #10)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:25 PM

26. Yeah, I think the cargo shifted. Scary to watch. n/t

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:39 PM

11. why wasn't there any audio as it was happening?

I mean, was there a person behind that camera? I would
have expected something like a "holy crap" or at least
an audible gasp.. or is it being filmed by a robot?

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:50 PM

13. There is audio. He says something at 1:03 in the video.

Some people don't react verbally at everything, right away.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 04:19 PM

16. I guess I didn't listen that far... thanks. It seemed so eerie.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #16)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 04:29 PM

18. If I had to guess..

The driver of the vehicle has a headset on and is listening to radio chatter and instructions. Probably why he shushed the dog.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:53 PM

14. why wasn't there any audio as it was happening?

You can hear the dog, and a quiet sush to the dog. So there was audio. As to why, everyone reacts differently to shocking events.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 02:58 PM

15. Things went bad real quick

 

Notice that the nose and main gear are still extended just prior to impact. Gear is usually retracted soon after takeoff in order to reduce drag on the airplane.

Too many things that could have gone wrong to make a simple guess.

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Response to sgsmith (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 04:27 PM

17. I don't think it was high enough to have retracted them yet.

Especially not if the pilots suspected a problem with the plane, and the possibility of aborting.
Sometimes you get to the point of no return and you just have to go for it, even if something is wrong, or you run out of airstrip.

Out of speed, out of altitude... out of options. Sucks.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 05:16 PM

20. Those clouds...

looks like maybe a downburst?

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 05:49 PM

21. The video date saya February, so how could this happen on Monday?

 

Maybe the date is wrong?

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Response to AAO (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 08:59 PM

24. No one set the clock on it

Much like the way I treat my VCR

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2013, 06:37 PM

23. Looks like it may have climbed too steep and stalled. nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 12:19 PM

25. This is a 747. I'm also wondering if the pilot had much experience in a 747 or if they were...

...used to another craft, for instance a Hercules, which had different climb characteristics. Unless, as I mentioned a little earlier upthread, a load shifted causing the strange nose up stall, it almost looks like the pilot thought there should be a lot more power there than there was.

PB

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