Prelim accident report
Date: 29 APR 2013
Time: ca 15:00
Type: Boeing 747-428BCF
Operator: National Airlines (National Air Cargo)
C/n / msn: 25630/960
First flight: 1993-01-29 (20 years 3 months)
Engines: 4 General Electric CF6-80C2B1F
Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Bagram Air Base (BPM) (Afghanistan)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport: Bagram Air Base (BPM/OAIX), Afghanistan
Destination airport: Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC/OMDW), United Arab Emirates
A Boeing 747-400BCF cargo plane, operated by National Air Cargo, crashed on takeoff from Bagram Air Base (BPM), Afghanistan. A base spokesman said the aircraft crashed from a low altitude right after takeoff. A fire erupted. An air base official reported that all seven crew members were killed in the accident.
Bagram Air Base has a single concrete runway, 03/21 of 11819 feet (3602 m) in length. According to eyewitness reports, the airplane attained a very steep nose-up attitude immediately after takeoff from runway 03. It rolled left and right and entered a stall, descending towards the ground until it struck the ground near the end of the runway.
Reportedly N949CA operated into Bagram as flight NCR510 from ChÃ¢teauroux Airport Airport (CHR), France on April 28. The identity of the accident airplane has not yet been confirmed by authorities.
A thunderstorm with Cumulonimbus clouds was approaching the air base at the time of the accident. A weather report shows winds began shifting from 100 degrees at 09:55 UTC to 350 degrees at 10:55 UTC. Accident time was about 15:00 LT / 10:30 UTC: