Accident description
Last updated: 23 November 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 29 April 2013
Time:ca 15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-428BCF
Operator:National Airlines (National Air Cargo)
Registration: N949CA
C/n / msn: 25630/960
First flight: 1993-01-29 (20 years 3 months)
Engines: 4 General Electric CF6-80C2B1F
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bagram Air Base (BPM) (   Afghanistan) show on map
Crash site elevation: 1492 m (4895 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bagram Air Base (BPM/OAIX), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC/OMDW), United Arab Emirates
Flightnumber: 102
Narrative:
A Boeing 747-400BCF cargo plane, operated by National Air Cargo, crashed on takeoff from Bagram Air Base (BPM), Afghanistan. All seven crew members were killed in the accident.
The airplane operated cargo flight NCR102 from Camp Bastion (OAZ), Afghanistan to Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) with a refueling stop at Bagram Air Base (BPM). No additional cargo or personnel was added during the stop in Bagram.
Bagram Air Base has a single concrete runway, 03/21 of 11819 feet (3602 m) in length. According to eyewitness reports, the airplane attained a very steep nose-up attitude immediately after takeoff from runway 03. It rolled left and right and entered a stall, descending towards the ground until it struck the ground near the end of the runway, bursting into flames.

The accident time was reported to be about 15:00 LT by local sources. The NTSB reported that the accident happened at 11:20 a.m. local time.
Weather report about the (initially reported) time of the accident (about 15:00 LT / 10:30 UTC):

KQSA 291155Z 33008G17KT 9999 -TSRA SCT050CB BKN090 BKN170 13/04 A2996 RMK CB OHD MOV N SLP139 60000 70000 51014
KQSA 291059Z 35011G17KT 9999 FEW050 BKN065 BKN090 14/05 A2993 RMK WND DATA ESTMD ALSTG/SLP ESTMD
KQSA 291058Z 35011G17KT 9999 FEW050 BKN080CB BKN150 14/05 A2993 RMK LTG DSNT NW SLP124 WND DATA ESTMD ALSTG/SLP ESTMD
KQSA 291055Z 02007KT 9999 FEW040 BKN080CB BKN150 18/06 A2994 RMK PK WND 06026/1005 WSHFT 1027 LTG DSNT NW CB DSNT NW SLP124 WND DATA ESTMD ALSTG/SLP ESTMD
KQSA 290955Z COR 10017G30KT 9999 SCT085 BKN140 BKN200 17/06 A2992 RMK PK WND 09032/0856 LTG DSNT NW CB DSNT E SLP213 WND DATA ESTMD ALSTG/SLP ESTMD COR 13


Classification:
Loss of control (presumed)

Sources:
» Wall Street Journal
» NTSB
» National Airlines


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
29 JAN 1993 F-GISE Boeing first flight
10 FEB 1993 F-GISE Air France delivered
08 SEP 2010 TF-NAD National Airlines operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic
13 JUL 2011 N949CA National Airlines new registration

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bagram Air Base to Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport as the crow flies is 1745 km (1091 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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