Pilot, Co-Pilot Dead in UPS Plane Crash

Cargo plane went down near Birmingham airport

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2013 6:34 AM CDT | Updated Aug 14, 2013 7:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – The pilot and co-pilot of a UPS cargo plane are dead after the plane crashed near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning, the mayor's office says. The Airbus A300 went down before dawn in calm weather as it approached the airport, report AP and CNN. The pilot and co-pilot were the only people aboard, says a UPS spokesperson. It went down in a field owned by the airport, reports WVTM, about a half-mile away from one of the runways. The plane had taken off from Louisville, Ky.

A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill near Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.
A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill near Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Birmingham Airport fire crews arrive on scene of a plane crash at the Birmingham International airport in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
Birmingham Airport fire crews arrive on scene of a plane crash at the Birmingham International airport in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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