Date & Time: Apr 29, 2013 at 1532 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 747-400
Operator:
Registration:
N949CA
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Camp Bastion - Bagram AFB - Dubaï
MSN:
25630/960
YOM:
1993
Flight number:
NLE102
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
7
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Aircraft was engaged in a cargo mission to Dubai on behalf of the US Mobility Command, with a cargo consisting of five military vehicles on board, three armored vehicles and two mine sweepers for a total weight of 80 tons. Shortly after take off from runway 03, while climbing to 1,200 feet, aircraft first bank left and then to the right. It stalled and crashed in a huge ball of fire. All seven occupants were killed.
Causes:
It is reported that cargo shifted shortly after take off. It slammed to the rear of the cargo compartment so hard that parts of the aircraft separated and wiring in the back was severed. As result of the shift and loss of aircraft parts the center of gravity moved so far back, that the attitude of the aircraft could no longer be controlled, the nose of the aircraft rose beyond the flying envelope of the aircraft and the aircraft stalled destroying the aircraft and killing all crew in the resulting impact. Parts of the aircraft, that separated as result of the initial load shift, were recovered from the runway. The straps used to tie down the cargo were recovered from the accident site, although charred they provided evidence of having fractured before final impact, it was unclear however, whether the fracture(s) had happened before or after takeoff.