Yesterday, this footage emerged of a U.S. cargo plane crashing in Afghanistan, killing all seven of its passengers. Be warned that this footage is no less than what I described (no bodies are visible in the crash, but children and more sensitive viewers might want to skip this one):
Now details have emerged about the victims of the crash, none stranger than this: Gary Stockdale, a member of the maintenance crew, believed that flying was a huge risk and that he would either die "in a car crash or a ball of flames," according to his brother, Glenn Stockdale, according to NBC.
The stories of the other deceased passengers are less eerie and simply tragic. One of them, pilot Brad Hasler, had just been married two weeks before. He and his wife had a 2 year-old child and another on the way.
His brother, Bill Hasler, told WDIV-TV, "If I could trade places with him so that he could be with his family, I would in a heartbeat."
Another crewmember, Michael Sheets, was engaged to be married.
The other victims of the crash were crewman Timothy Garrett of Louisville, Kentucky and Michigan residents Jeremy Lipka, Jamie Brokaw and Rinku Summan. The plane was owned by the company National Air Cargo.