National Air Cargo confirmed on its Website that a cargo aircraft it operates on behalf of the U.S. military was involved in an accident departing Bagram air base outside Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.
The company offers charter services for cargo shippers, including the U.S. military.
National Air Cargo said the plane was bound to Dubai when it crashed on takeoff. The plane was carrying vehicles and general cargo.
"Safety is always our top priority at National Airlines," said Glen Joerger, the carrier's president. "This is a devastating loss for our family and we'll work diligently with authorities to find the cause. Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crewmembers and their families."
The Orchard Park, N.Y.-based company said the cause of the accident is unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority are investigating.
National Air Cargo is a freight forwarder with an in-house airline, National Airlines, that is a member of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet. - Eric Kulisch