ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - A plane that crashed Monday at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was operated by an Orchard Park company.
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According to the Associated Press, the Dubai-bound Boeing 747-400 — operated by National Air Cargo — crashed just after takeoff from the base around 11:20 a.m. local time, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement Tuesday.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for downing the plane, but NATO said later the claims were false, and there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time of the crash.
Company president Glen Joerger says none of the crew were from the Western New York area. The crew members were from Michigan and Kentucky. Those killed include pilots Brad Hasler of Trenton, Mich. and Jeremy Lipka of Brooklyn, Mich.; first officers Jamie Brokaw of Monroe, Mich. and Rinku Summan of Canton, Mich.; loadmaster Michael Sheets of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and maintenance crewman Timothy Garrett of Louisville, Ky.
It remains unclear what caused the plane to crash. The NTSB is investigating.
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