NTSB assists plane crash probe in Afghanistan

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By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to Afghanistan to assist local authorities with their investigation of a U.S. cargo airline crash that killed all seven crew members on board.

The plane, a Boeing 747-400 operated by National Air Cargo, crashed Monday just after takeoff from Bagram Air Base. The NTSB said Tuesday the crew members were all American citizens. The accident site is within the perimeter of Bagram Air Base.

The international cargo flight was destined for Dubai. The Afghanistan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation is leading the investigation.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for downing the plane, but NATO said the claims were false, and there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time of the crash.

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