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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man was among seven crewmembers killed in a cargo plane crash in Afghanistan.
The crash, which occurred Monday morning, involved National Flight NCR102. According to the National Air Cargo website, the flight left Bagram Air Force base and was headed to Dubai when it crashed on takeoff. The National Airline website said it was "purely a cargo flight and no passengers were onboard." None of the seven crewmembers survived.
Video posted on websites shows the plane attempt to climb before banking to the right and then flattening out before crashing into a fiery explosion.
Timothy Garrett, an aircraft mechanic from Louisville, Ky, was killed along with the other crew members. Reached by phone Tuesday night, Elena Garrett, Timothy's ex-wife who lives in Jeffersonville, IN, told WDRB News: "We are all devastated."
Elena Garrett told WDRB's Bennett Haeberle that even though the two had been divorced for six years, she remained "very close to Tim and his mom."
Elena and Timothy have two daughters together, ages 11 and 12. When asked if she knew what caused the crash that killed all seven crew members, Garrett said "they don't know anything for sure yet."
Elena Garrett said her two daughters are also devastated by what happened to their father. She said Timothy Garrett was an aircraft pilot who had worked for the Florida-based company since July of 2012.
National Airlines President Glen Joerger released this statement:
"Safety is always our top priority at National Airlines," said National Airlines President Glen Joerger. "This is a devastating loss for our family and we'll work diligently with authorities to find the cause," said Joerger. "Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crewmembers and their families."
At approximately 7 a.m. EST, National Flight NCR102 from Bagram to Dubai, UAE with seven crewmembers on board crashed on takeoff. None of the crew members survived. This was a purely cargo flight and no passengers were aboard. Cargo consisted of vehicles and routine general cargo.
"This is a devastating loss for our family and we'll work diligently with authorities to find the cause," said Joerger. "Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crewmembers and their families."
Elena Garrett told WDRB News that Timothy still lived in Louisville and was flying back and forth for work.
When asked how their children were doing, she said: "That's a tough question. Of course they are devastated."