Claim: Video shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashing.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, July 2014]
Is this really MH 17?
Origins: On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
went down over eastern Ukraine, killing nearly
However, the video displayed above has nothing to do with that tragedy. It actually shows the crash of a Boeing
A cargo plane crashed in Afghanistan killing all seven crew members on board.
All seven were U.S. citizens, the cargo carrier National Airlines said.
The crash happened shortly after takeoff from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the U.S.-based company said. The Boeing
“This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard,” a company statement said. “Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo.”
National specializes in moving freight for the military and businesses, as well as charter passenger service in the Middle East.
The cause of the crash is believed to have been an unstable shift in the cargo loaded on the plane:
Investigators sifting through the wreckage of a Boeing
This has led to speculation that the massive armored vehicles shifted shortly after the civilian cargo plane took off from Bagram air base, sending it careering out of control.
ABC News reports that crash investigators believe that some of the heavy-duty nylon straps holding the Oshkosh
If the heavy cargo shifted dramatically as the pilots tried to climb, the crew would have been helpless to control the aircraft, aviation experts told ABC.
The last words the pilots radioed out was ‘weight.’
Last updated: 20 July 2014