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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
A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill near Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.   (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

(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.

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julianpenrod
Aug 14, 2013 9:00 PM CDT
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NorCalHal
Aug 14, 2013 7:01 PM CDT
I'd like to see some pictures that weren't taken from the next county! Telephoto lens or helicopter Newser ??? Better pictures here : http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57598433/ups-plane-crash-birmingham-residents-describe-balls-of-fire/
Gart
Aug 14, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
The plane doesn't even look that bad...