Seven Americans Killed In Cargo Plane Crash: Terrifying Crash Caught On Dash Cam [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 1, 2013 12:09 PM EDT

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A cargo plane crash occurred on Monday. Seven American crew members were killed shortly after taking of from Bagram Military Air Base in Afghanistan. (Photo: YouTube)

A terrifying cargo plane crash occurred in Afghanistan on Monday morning at around 11:20 a.m. local time, killing all seven American crew members.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Boeing 747-400 took off from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and was headed for Dubai, UAE. Unfortunately, the cargo plane crashed when it plummeted shortly after takeoff.

National Airlines provided a statement following the incident:

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"This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard," a company statement said. "Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo."

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the tragic cargo plane crash. However, investigators at NATO announced that the Taliban's claims were false. There was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time of the cargo plane crash.

The cause of the cargo plane crash has not been confirmed by authorities.

"This is a devastating loss for our family and we'll work diligently with authorities to find the cause," said National Airlines President Glen Joerger.

"Our focus at this time is on the family members of those we've lost, and on assisting the NTSB and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority in their investigations."

According to the NTSB, the organization will send a team of three investigators to work with the Afghanistan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation. However, spokesperson Nangoialy Qalatwal denied the participation of the Afghan ministry. According to Qalatwal, the cargo plane crash occurred in a military airport, which is outside the ministry's civilian jurisdiction.

The seven American victims are Brad Hasler, Jeremy Lipka, Jamie Brokaw, Rinku Summan, Michael Sheets, Gary Stockdale, and Timothy Garrett. All victims were from Michigan except for Timothy Garrett, who was from Kentucky.

A dash cam managed to capture the tragic cargo plane crash. Viewer discretion is advised.

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