Fire Chief: 2 Crew Members Die In UPS Plane Crash

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Associated Press Release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The fire chief in Birmingham, Ala., says the pilot and co-pilot of a large UPS cargo plane were both killed when the jet crashed.

Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks says both crewmembers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in a grassy field just outside the city's airport early Wednesday.

UPS spokesman Jeff Wafford has said there were two crew members aboard the plane.

The Airbus A300 plane crashed Wednesday morning on approach to the airport. The plane was en route from Louisville, Ky.

Brooks said at 9:30 CDT that the fire was out.

Associated Press Release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A federal aviation official says a large UPS cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Ala.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday.

Bergen says the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham as UPS Flight 1354.

Toni Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says the plane crashed on the outskirts of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Bast says the area is outside the perimeter fence of the airport. She says the crash hasn't affected airport operations.

Neither Bergen nor Bast had any information on injuries.

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