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UPS Pilots Got 2 Warnings

Automated system told them descent too low seconds before crash

(Newser) - The pilots killed in this week's crash of a UPS plane in Birmingham got two automated warnings that they were coming in too low, says the NTSB. But they didn't have much time to process them—the first came 7 seconds before impact, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

Doomed UPS Plane Sent No Distress Signal

One pilot identified: Shanda Fanning

(Newser) - The UPS cargo plane that crashed yesterday near Birmingham, Ala., didn't send out a distress signal prior to the disaster, ABC News reports. "We were told that there was no distress signal emitted from the airplane itself, and there were no calls for the airport or the control... More »

Pilot, Co-Pilot Dead in UPS Plane Crash

Cargo plane went down near Birmingham airport

(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... More »

Mom Unaware Falling Airport Sign Killed Son

Heather Bresette still unconscious, in intensive care

(Newser) - The mother injured by a falling sign at an Alabama airport is making progress but is still unconscious in intensive care and does not know that the freak accident killed her 10-year-old son, Luke. Heather Bresette has two broken ankles and a crushed pelvis and underwent surgery over the weekend.... More »

Airport Sign Falls, Kills Boy

10-year-old killed in Birmingham accident

(Newser) - A flight-information sign inside the Birmingham airport fell on a family yesterday, killing a 10-year boy and injuring other family members. Firefighters estimated the arrival-departure sign weighed 300 to 400 pounds, and airport officials aren't sure what caused it to fall. Luke Bresette was pronounced dead at Children's... More »

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