A cargo plane carrying some crew from Michigan has crashed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
The president of National Air Cargo, which used to be based out of Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, says all seven people on board were killed. The company moved its headquarters to Florida a couple of months ago.
Glen Joerger tells News 10 the crash happened around 7am EST time, as the 747-400 freighter was leaving for the United Arab Emirates. The plane was carrying military vehicles and other cargo when it crashed shortly after take-off.
Joerger says they are sending a team to Bagram and are cooperating with Afghan authorities and the National Transportation Safety Board. Joerger is also expressing his condolences for his crews, telling News 10 the company's focus is now on the crew's family members, who are in the process of being notified.
National Air Cargo has activated The National Airlines Family Information Call Center to support any family members requiring information. The National Airlines Family Information Call Center number is 888-705-7560.
We're working to find out more about the people killed. Stay with News 10 and wilx.com as we continue to follow this developing story.
Picture courtesy: Albert Ramirez, Aviation Herald