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Two pilots confirmed dead in Birmingham aircraft crash
BIRMINGHAM -- A large UPS cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Federal Aviation Administration says an a 300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn this morning.
UPS pilots were making their approach for the runway at Birmingham's International Airport just before dawn this morning. But they never made it. Now the NTSB is investigating why the burning remains of their plane ended up in an open field not far from the airport. The UPS A300 Cargo plane flying over homes just before it went down.
Sharon Miller, Nearby Resident "We were in bed and we heard something go over the house, and it sounded like a plane had gave out of fuel, and a few minutes later we heard this loud boom and we really didn't know what it was."
The airplane was enroute from Louisville. Only the two pilots were on board. According to local reports their bodies were found near the plane's fuselage. UPS has not confirmed the status of the crew members. The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team from Washington, DC to investigate.
Robert SumWalt, NTSB
"The board has a good success rate to recover recorders. I'm optimistic we will be able to recover them." We do expect to recover black boxes I will tell you good success rate to recover the recorders I'm optimistic.
The NTSB should be on the ground this afternoon. UPS released this statement: "We place the utmost value on the safety of our employees, our customers and the public. We will immediately engage with the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation, and we will work exhaustively on response efforts,"
UPS Dubai Crash
In 2010, a UPS plane crashed in Dubai after the crew became incapacitated from inhaling toxic fumes when a fire broke out in the cargo. The plane was carrying lithium batteries. Both pilots on board were killed. It's too early to determine the cause of today's crash.
Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the flight crew did not indicate any problems when communicating with the FAA. As part of the investigation NTSB will begin by surveying the damage and looking for the plane's black boxes..