Date: April 29, 2013
Time: 15:25
Location: Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
Operator: National Air Cargo
Flight #: 102
Route: Bagram - Dubai Al Maktoum
AC Type: Boeing B-747-428BCF
Registration: N949CA
cn / ln: 25630/960
Aboard: 7   (passengers:0  crew:7)
Fatalities: 7   (passengers:0  crew:7)
Ground: 0
Summary: The civilian cargo plane crashed and burned shortly after taking off from runway 03 at Bagram Air Base. The plane was carrying 5 armored vehicles. The airline's cargo operations manual did not explain how to account for the orientation of the tiedown straps when calculating how many were needed, and the inexperienced and uncertified loadmaster used too few straps. When the plane began climbing, the rearmost vehicle, weighing 28,000 pounds, broke free and smashed into the tail, severing two hydraulic systems and the elevator jackscrew, leaving the plane uncontrollable.

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