All Americans Aboard Crashed 747


Six Michigan residents and one from Louisville, Ky., have been identified as those aboard a National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 that crashed on takeoff from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday. According to USA Today, pilot Brad Hasler of Trenton and Jeremy Lipka of Brooklyn, First Officers Jamie Brokaw of Monroe and Rinku Summan of Canton, loadmaster Michael Sheets of Ypsilanti and maintenance crew Gary Stockdale of Romulu, along with Timothy Garrett of Louisville, all died in a horrific crash that was captured on video and is a somber topic on blogs and forums all over the world.

While the weather was nasty at the time of the crash, with thunderstorms and wind shear present, the prevailing speculation is that one or more of the five army trucks aboard the aircraft broke loose while the aircraft was executing a maximum performance climb, which is reportedly done by some crews departing the airfield.