This harrowing footage from a dashcam of a U.S. cargo plane crashing in Afghanistan has emerged. Please be warned that this may not be appropriate for children and more sensitive viewers:
Even before the plane crashes, it seems like something is amiss. It ascends almost vertically, and too slowly, before turning its nose to the ground and crashing. The crash causes an immediate explosion. The driver of the car whose dashcam caught the footage drives past several stopped cars to get a closer look, then turns around and gets away.
Seven people were onboard the plane, and all of them died. The Taliban took credit for the plane crash, but NATO retorted quickly that this was false. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash, but no insurgent activity has been detected to date. The Pentagon has not released the names of the deceased, as they are still in the process of informing their families.
It's been pointed out that, while the footage appears authentic, the date on the dashcam is wrong. Unless the dashcam is hooked up to a satellite, that detail doesn't damn the entire footage.