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2 reportedly dead in crash of UPS cargo jet near Birmingham, Ala., airport

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 10:00 a.m. CDT

(MCT) ATLANTA — A UPS cargo plane crashed on approach to the airport in Birmingham, Ala., at about 6 a.m. EDT Wednesday, an FAA spokeswoman confirmed.

Birmingham Mayor Willam Bell is telling media the two pilots on board died, according to the Birmingham News.

The crash of UPS Flight 1354 occurred about one-half mile north of Runway 18,” Kathleen Bergen, FAA spokeswoman, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at about 8 a.m. “ Local authorities will release information about the conditions of the flight crew.” The Airbus was en route from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham.

United Parcel Service is based in Sandy Springs, Ga. It is the second biggest company in Georgia and the world’s largest package delivery company.

The company has a fleet of more than 300 airplanes, including the Airbus A300. The A300 is described as a short- to medium-range widebody jet airliner.

According to the flight-tracking website, flightaware.com, the plane landed at the UPS hub in Louisville around midnight after a flight from Acapulco, Mexico, and took off again at 5:04 a.m. for the 45-minute flight to Birmingham.

The airplane crashed in the vicinity of Airport and Huffman roads near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, the Birmingham News is reporting.

Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation and will determine probable cause.

UPS issued a statement shortly before 8 a.m., saying: “At this time, we are still determining the details of the incident. We will release more information as it becomes available. As we work through this difficult situation, we ask for your patience, and that you keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers.”

Brian Gaudet, spokesman for the UPS pilots union, said: “We’re very early in this very unfortunate accident, and we’re waiting for the local authorities” to provide information on any possible fatalities.

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Staff writer Mike Morris contributed to this report.

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©2013 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.)

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