boeing 747 400

29 April 2013 National Airlines Flight 102 crash.

A Boeing 747-400 headed from Bagram Airfield, Parwan, Afghanistan, to Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai, which stalled shortly after takeoff because a military vehicle it was carrying got loose due to improper cargo handling, shifting the load of the aircraft and hitting the rear bulkhead of the fuselage, damaging key control component that left the aircraft completely uncontrollable, with the abnormal pitch-up rotation, stall and crash to the ground ensuing.

All 7 crew member were lost.

Hard to believe….

It’s hard to believe that it comes down to differences in air pressure holding up all of that tonnage in the air!

That Boeing 747 weighs more than 400 tons (400,000 kg) – the same as about 150 automobiles – and could be carrying upwards of 400 souls onboard.

The Wright brothers would be amazed at how their discovery (of flight) had evolved in a mere century.

First flight of the Wright Flyer I….Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip…. seconds into the first airplane flight, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903. It weighed (including Orville) 700 pounds (317 kg).

(via  airviation)