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Steep Climb and Uncontrolled Descent During Takeoff

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  • Accident No: DCA13MA081
  • Accident Type: Office of Aviation Safety
  • Location: Bagram,  
  • Date: 4/29/2013

On April 29, 2013, about 1527 local time, a Boeing 747-400 BCF, N949CA, operated by National Air Cargo, Inc., dba National Airlines, crashed shortly after takeoff from Bagram Air Base, Bagram, Afghanistan. All seven crewmembers—the captain, first officer, loadmaster, augmented captain and first officer, and two mechanics—died, and the airplane was destroyed from impact forces and postcrash fire. The 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 supplemental cargo flight was destined for Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


On October 1, 2014, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan delegated the investigation of this accident to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Final Report Abstract

Contact: NTSB Media Relations