For those interested here is a dash cam capture of the crash of the National B-747 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. It looks like a really bad stall with not enough altitude to recover. This could be a control problem I think.
Very scary. As heavy as they were and how hard you have to climb for security reasons combined with the high altitude of the airport (4,800+ ft MSL), it's entirely possible they didn't have V2+25 achieved and that put them way too close to recover if they lost power or had something else happen, especially since the gear was clearly still extended on impact.
The ASN Accident log notes that there was a 180* shift in winds around the time of the accident and thunderstorms in the vicinity. It's also possible they encountered some of this shear on departure causing the loss of lift.
Post by mrcapitalism on Apr 30, 2013 22:06:11 GMT -5
Some forums for airline pilots are speculating a possible load shift which made the aircraft uncontrollable. Of course speculation is meaningless and I'll wait for the official findings, but it's food for thought.
Was a very hard hit, hopefully it was painless. RIP.
I'm going with the load shift. They have to come out of there at a steep angle, and I have a feeling the load was not secured for that steeper angle - maybe an extra binder at each attach point. Time will tell us all.