Horrific Boeing 747 cargo plane crash captured on video
A Boeing 747 airplane, being used as a private cargo plane, crashed in Afghanistan this week shortly after taking off from Bagram Air Base on a flight to Dubai.
Among the dead were seven crew members who were American citizens. Although the cause of the crash is still being investigated, spectators say that the plane’s take-off seemed normal.
But within seconds of gaining altitude, the 747 seemed to twist in a downward motion, falling quickly from the sky before it crashed into a huge ball of flame. The Taliban has released a statement saying that it takes responsibility for the plane’s destruction.
One of the crew members, Gary Stockdale of Michigan, had an eerie premonition that he would one day die in the crash of an airliner. There is some speculation that rather than being shot out of the sky as the Taliban has been claiming, the aircraft spun out of control after the cargo of military vehicles that it was transporting unexpectedly shifted after take-off. This caused the balance of the aircraft to shift, leaving the plane to spin off on its side before gravity pulled it down again toward the earth. Another factor influencing the crash was bad weather.
According to Business Insider, a retired aviation expert Ross Aimer, said the plane might have stalled after taking off at too sharp an angle. He said: “The very high angle of the airplane… is a definite no-no. There’s no way they could control that. Once you get into that, it stalls.”
He suggests a reason why the plane might have taken off at an usually steep angle: “Something they were carrying might have been heavy and not tied down properly and shifted all the way to the back of the airplane.”
Reader comments on The Washington Post make similar observation. A reader “Blueshift” comments:
I would have to guess, looking at the video, that this was a cargo shift. Probably heavy armored vehicles and one broke loose on take off, sliding aft and causing an acute angle of attack… It looks like the pilot was able to right the aircraft but he had no altitude to recover or slow his descent.
Another reader “Cf6driver,” who claims he flies 747-400, wrote:
My understanding is that the aft pallet positions were empty; which would have allowed the load to shift unstopped and pallet locks would have not stopped them. If the shift did occur, it is likely that the aft pressure bulkhead was breached and behind that in a confined area are located the hydraulic system power packs. Damage to them would have made the airplane uncontrollable… The 400 is a wonderful plane, loads of power, very stable and very forgiving. A load shift however is something that would exceed the capabilities of the plane.
Authorities say the cause of the crash is being investigated.
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