Published April 30, 2013
Shocking new video appears to show the fiery crash Monday of a civilian cargo plane at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
The American-owned plane bound for Dubai crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all seven people on board, according to the U.S.-led military coalition.
In the video, which military sources tell Fox News may have been taken from the dashboard camera of a servicemember, the Boeing 747-400 takes off, then appears suspended in the air for a moment before turning and nose-diving into the ground, erupting into a cloud of smoke and flames.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for downing the plane, but NATO said in a statement to The Associated Press that the Taliban "claims are false." The coalition says the cause of the crash was being investigated, but there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time.
Capt. Luca Carniel, a coalition spokesman, said the aircraft crashed from a low altitude right after takeoff.
The plane -- owned by National Airlines, an Orlando, Florida-based subsidiary of National Air Cargo -- was carrying vehicles and other cargo, according to National Air Cargo Vice President Shirley Kaufman. She said those killed were four pilots, two mechanics and a load master, who was responsible for making sure that the weight and balance of the cargo is appropriate.
Five of the seven fatalities were from Michigan, said Kaufman.
Fox 2 reports one of the victims has been identified as Brad Hasler, a Michigan father of two whose wife is pregnant.
"Yesterday morning our family learned of the terrible tragedy that occurred at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, and that Brad was among the crew members who perished. Brad was a wonderful father to two young children, a beloved husband to a wife who is expecting another child, a loving son, and the most loyal and supportive brother I could have ever asked for," Hasler's brother, Bill, wrote in a statement released Tuesday.
The identities of the other passengers have not yet been revealed.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority are investigating the crash, according to The Associated Press.
National Airlines was based until recently at Michigan's Willow Run Airport, west of Detroit in Wayne County's Van Buren Township. It carries cargo both commercially and for the military, Kaufman said. She said it employs about 225 people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.