Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills 7, some of the crew was from Michigan
6:16 PM, Apr 29, 2013
9:59 AM, Apr 30, 2013
(AP MODIFIED) - A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said.
Michigan crew members were killed in the crash. A spokesperson for National Airlines confirms that none of the seven crew members survived and that some of them were from Michigan.
7 Action News has learned that one of the deceased is a man from Monroe.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement to The Associated Press: "Taliban's claims are false."
It said the cause of the crash was being investigated by emergency crews that rushed to the site, but there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time.
Capt. Luca Carniel, a coalition spokesman, said the aircraft crashed from a low altitude right after takeoff.
National Airlines released a statement saying the plane was a National Airlines B747-400 cargo plane. The cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo.
They released the following statement:
"Safety is always our top priority at National Airlines," said National Airlines President Glen Joerger . "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."
National Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Air Cargo Holdings.
In another development, President Hamid Karzai accused U.S. forces of killing four civilians and wounding one in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Sunday after an American' convoy was attacked by insurgents.
In a statement issued by his office, Karzai "strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians."
The U.S.-led military coalition said it was still investigating the weekend clash, which left four soldiers with minor injuries and damaged a patrol vehicle. In a statement issued on Monday, the coalition said the Taliban attacked the coalition patrol with small arms fire and roadside bombs as it moved through a local bazaar in the province where there were civilians.
"Coalition forces engaged the enemy, pushed through the hostile area, and traveled to a nearby Afghan National Army checkpoint," the coalition said in a statement. "An investigation is currently underway to assess whether there are any civilian casualties as a result of insurgent fire."