Indian-origin man among 7 killed in Afghanistan plane crash
An Indian-origin man was among seven crew members killed when a US cargo plane crashed right after takeoff in Afghanistan on Monday.
Washington: An Indian-origin man was among seven crew members killed when a US cargo plane crashed right after takeoff in Afghanistan on Monday.
32-year-old Rinku Summan was working as a first officer with the Florida-based cargo carrier National Airlines.
The crash happened shortly after takeoff from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday, the company said. The Boeing 747-400 was en route to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Other victims, all US citizens, were identified as pilots Brad Hasler, 34, and Jeremy Lipka, 37; navigator Jamie Brokaw, 33; loadmaster Michael Sheets, 36; and maintenance crewman Timothy Garrett, 51.
"This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard," a company statement said, quoted by CNN. "Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo."
The cause of the crash has not been determined.
America`s National Transportation Safety Board is probing the crash.