2 Dead After UPS Cargo Plane Crashes, Explodes Near Birmingham Airport

August 14, 2013 7:25 PM
2 Dead After UPS Cargo Plane Crashes, Explodes Near Birmingham Airport

" BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A UPS cargo plane crashed and burned Wednesday morning on the outskirts of an Alabama airport, killing two crew members and scattering boxes and charred debris across a grassy field, officials said.

The pilot and co-pilot, the only people on board the jet, were killed, said Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks. The crash site burned before the blaze was extinguished, Brooks said.

The plane crashed in an open field on the outskirts of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, said Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for the city’s airport authority. The crash had not affected airport operations, but it knocked power lines down in the area and appeared to have toppled at least one tree and utility pole.

Officials had released few details on the crash or what may have caused it.

National Transportation Safety Board officials said an investigative team was on its way to the scene. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, conditions in the area were rainy with low clouds.

“The plane is in several sections,” said Birmingham Mayor William Bell, who was briefed on the situation by the city’s fire chief "

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