Horrifying crash of U.S. 747 cargo plane caught on camera

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BAGRAM, Afghanistan — It’s like something you see in a movie — only this time it’s real — and seven people are dead.

A U.S. 747 National Air Cargo plane crashed shortly after take off in Bagram, Afghanistan on Monday, killing all seven American crew members on board.

The crash was caught on camera (with an inaccurate time stamp) and posted online. The plane is seen stalling after its nose turned up sharply. It then spins and falls out of the sky, exploding on impact.

Disturbing video. Viewer discretion advised.

Some have speculated the crash was caused by thunderstorms in the area or shifting cargo, although the exact cause has not been determined.

The plane was en route to Dubai and was carrying five military vehicles, according to the Aviation Herald.

Six of the victims were from Michigan. Another crew member was from Kentucky, according to Shirley Kaufman, National Air Cargo vice president. Four were pilots, two were mechanics and one crew member was a load master.

Plane crash seen from Bagram Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan. | Courtesy Matt Conroy, Air Force staff sergeant

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