Fire Chief: 2 Crew Members Die in UPS Plane Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 8/14/13 5:01 PM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A National Transportation Safety Board member says a preliminary investigation of the deadly crash of a UPS cargo plane in Alabama indicates the pilot and co-pilot did not make any distress calls prior to impact.

Robert L. Sumwalt also told a news conference Wednesday that because the tail of the A300-600F aircraft is still smoldering, investigators haven't been able to gain access yet to the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders.

Sumwalt said investigators will be on the scene for a number of days.


UPDATE: 8/14/13 3:50 PM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Neighbors near the area where a UPS cargo plane crashed say they heard engines sputtering shortly before the fiery explosion.

The pilot and a co-pilot of the shipping company's Airbus A300 were killed early Wednesday when their plane crashed into a grassy field on approach to an airport in Birmingham.

Ryan Wimbleduff, who lives near the airport, said balls of fire rolled toward his property and shook his house.

Authorities say the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., and the cause of the crash is unclear.

The plane broke into several pieces after impact and scattered wreckage throughout the rural area near the airport.

The National Traffic Safety Board is investigating the crash. An airport authority spokeswoman says the crash didn't impact airport operations.


UPDATE: 8/14/13 9:33 AM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The fire chief in Birmingham, Ala., says the pilot and co-pilot of a large UPS cargo plane were both killed when the jet crashed.

Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks says both crewmembers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in a grassy field just outside the city's airport early Wednesday.

UPS spokesman Jeff Wafford has said there were two crew members aboard the plane.

The Airbus A300 plane crashed Wednesday morning on approach to the airport. The plane was en route from Louisville, Ky.

Brooks said at 9:30 CDT that the fire was out.


UPDATE: 8/14/13 7:16 AM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plane that crashed went down in an open field just outside an airport in Birmingham, Ala.

Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the A300 plane crashed around 5 a.m. CDT on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday.

There is no information yet on injuries, but UPS spokesman Jeff Wafford says there were two crew members aboard.

Bergen says the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky.

Herrera-Bast says the plane crashed in "open land" she described as a grassy field on the outskirts of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. She says the crash hasn't affected airport operations.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A federal aviation official says a large UPS cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Ala.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday.

Bergen says the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham as UPS Flight 1354.

Toni Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says the plane crashed on the outskirts of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Bast says the area is outside the perimeter fence of the airport. She says the crash hasn't affected airport operations.

Neither Bergen nor Bast had any information on injuries.

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