Ky. man among 7 killed in Afghanistan plane crash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 51-year-old Kentucky man is among seven Americans killed when their National Air Cargo plane crashed near an Air Force base in Afghanistan.
   
National Air Cargo Vice President Shirley Kaufman says the other six victims were from Michigan.
   
Maintenance crewman Timothy Garrett's ex-wife says they had been divorced for a while but were still best friends. Elena Garrett of Jeffersonville, Ind., says he was a wonderful father and son and would do anything to help someone.
   
She and Garrett have two daughters, who are 11 and 12 years old.
   
The National Transportation Safety Board says the Dubai-bound Boeing 747-400 operated by National Air Cargo crashed just after takeoff Monday from Bagram Air Base around 11:20 a.m. local time.
   
The plane is owned by National Airlines, an Orlando, Fla.-based subsidiary of National Air Cargo. Kaufman said it was carrying vehicles and other cargo.

Earlier story:

BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A U.S. cargo plane company has released the names of seven people killed when one of its planes crashed in Afghanistan.
   
National Air Cargo Vice President Shirley Kaufman says six of the seven victims killed in Monday's crash outside Bagram Air Base were from Michigan, and one was from Kentucky.
   
The Boeing 747-400 was operated by National Air Cargo and crashed just after takeoff. The crew members were all American citizens.
   
The flight was destined for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
   
The plane was owned by Florida-based National Airlines, a subsidiary of National Air Cargo. It was carrying vehicles and other cargo.
   
National Airlines was based until recently at Michigan's Willow Run Airport, west of Detroit.
   
The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it 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 crew members were all American citizens, the board said. The accident site is within the perimeter of Bagram Air Base.
   
The international cargo flight was destined for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Afghanistan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation is leading the investigation.
   
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for downing the plane, but NATO said later the claims were false, and there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time of the crash.
   
The team will be composed of three NTSB investigators, as well as representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, board said.
   
The plane - owned by National Airlines, an Orlando, Florida-based subsidiary of National Air Cargo - was carrying vehicles and other cargo, according to National Air Cargo Vice President Shirley Kaufman. She said those killed were four pilots, two mechanics and a load master, who was responsible for making sure that the weight and balance of the cargo is appropriate.
   
Five of the seven people who died were from Michigan, said Kaufman. The identities of those killed haven't been released.
   
National Airlines was based until recently at Michigan's Willow Run Airport, west of Detroit in Wayne County's Van Buren Township. It carries cargo both commercially and for the military, Kaufman said. She said the company employs about 225 people.

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