‘Seven Killed’ In National Air Cargo Boeing 747 Crash At Bagram Airbase

Investigation Launched Into Incident in Afghanistan


By Rob Dixon

Aviation law experts acting for the families of victims killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan in 2010 have revealed their hopes that an investigation will lead to answers in relation to a fatal crash this week involving a US Boeing 747 cargo plane.

Seven crew members on board the National Air Cargo-operated flight were killed when the aircraft came down shortly after take-off on Monday (April 29th) at Bagram Air Base, close to the capital city Kabul.

Taliban forces initially claimed responsibility for shooting down the aircraft, although no cause has yet been identified. NATO has also stated there was no militant activity around the base when the crash occurred.

National Air Cargo has confirmed it will be working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority in relation to investigating the incident.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist aviation law team represents victims involved in aviation accidents across the world.  This extensive experience includes acting for the families of 25 Afghan and British passengers killed when an Antonov AN24B operated by Pamir Airways crashed into a mountain near Bagram in May 2010.  This case is currently being litigated in the US State of Illinois against several US based corporations.

Jim Morris, a Partner and former RAF pilot at the national law firm, said: “It is hugely worrying to hear reports of this most recent incident and it is clear that the fundamental priority at present is to quickly determine the cause of the crash.

“Given the claims by the Taliban, every effort needs to be taken to confirm or rule this out.  If an attack by the Taliban did not cause this tragedy, it is vital that there is a comprehensive investigation to determine why a four engine Boeing 747 lost height shortly after takeoff, so that lessons can be learned and the safety of civilian flights and cargo operations improved in Afghanistan. To achieve this, the investigators will need to consider all aspects of the flight, including the cargo type/weight and distribution within the aircraft, weather conditions at the time, communications between the pilots and with air traffic control, the actions of the crew on board and any technical or mechanical issues which could have played a part.

“Afghanistan airspace is a challenging environment to fly in so it is crucial that the authorities, service providers, operators and manufacturers do everything possible to minimise risks and optimise the flight safety throughout this country.”

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