posted on Apr, 29 2013 @ 07:27 PM
A US Air Force MC-12 Liberty, carrying a crew of two pilots, and two crypto analysts crashed in Zabul Province, Afghanistan April 27th, killing all
four on board. The aircraft is based on the Beech King Air 350, and carries cameras, and signals intelligence gear on board.
The Air Force rushed an order for 50 of the aircraft to increase their intelligence gathering capabilities in Afghanistan. This is the first crash
for the type in military service.
Earlier today, National Air Cargo confirmed that a 747-400 freighter, with a crew of 8 on board crashed on take off from Bagram Air Field. Early
reports say everyone on board was killed in the crash, but National has not confirmed the status of the crew.
The aircraft was operating on behalf of the Air Mobility Command, carrying a cargo of five military vehicles to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates at
the time of the crash. It was reported by witnesses that as the aircraft passed through approximately 1200 feet, the nose suddenly pitched up, and
the aircraft appeared to stall, and crash off the end of the runway, where it exploded into flames. It's way too early to speculate on what may have
happened to cause the nose to pitch up, if it did (early witnesses are notoriously unreliable).
This is the aircraft involved in the crash: