Horrific Video Captures Fatal Plane Crash in Afghanistan
A 37-year-old former Pine Island, Minn., man was the pilot of a civilian cargo plane that crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, killing him and six other people on board, family members said.
Jeremy Lipka had been flying cargo planes for a civilian contracting company in Iraq and Afghanistan for several years and had several close calls in the past. Afghan officials said the plane crashed shortly after take-off from Bagram Air Field. A company representative called the family Monday and informed them of the crash.
Captain Brad Hasler
Local 4 has confirmed Capt. Brad Hasler, of Michigan, was onboard. His family is in total shock.
“We are devastated by this loss,” the family said. “Brad leaves behind a pregnant wife, due in October and their daughter and his step-daughter.”
The families have been told they will be briefed by the company Tuesday on the latest developments
Seven civilians killed in cargo plane crash at Afghanistan Base
KABUL, Afghanistan — Seven civilians were killed aboard a U.S.-contracted cargo plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Bagram air field in Afghanistan on Monday, according to the international military coalition.
Plane Crash in Afghanistan kills 5 from Michigan
All seven crew members, including five people from Michigan, were killed Monday in a civilian cargo aircraft crash at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
The National Airlines plane, a Boeing 747-400, was carrying vehicles and other cargo when it crashed about 7 a.m. EDT, shortly after takeoff from the military base, said Shirley Kaufman, vice president of Human Resources, Ethics and Compliance for National Airlines and National Air Cargo.
Kaufman confirmed the deaths of all the crew members on Monday night. The cause of the crash is not known. The National Transportation Safety Board and officials in Afghanistan are investigating, she said.
Kaufman said there were four pilots, two mechanics and a load master, who was responsible for making sure that the weight and balance of the cargo was appropriate on flight NCR102. There were no passengers.
“It’s a very, very hard time,” Kaufman said Monday night. “We’re concerned for the families of our colleagues that we’ve lost. That’s our primary focus.”
National Airlines did not release the names, ages or hometowns of the crew members, or the home states of the two who were not from Michigan. Their next-of-kin had all been notified, Kaufman said
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