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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NTSB Investigating UPS Crash in Alabama

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is launching a full team to investigate today's crash of a UPS Airbus A300 in Birmingham, Ala.

The crash, which occurred while on approach to Runway 18 at Birmingham International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., just before 5 a.m., killed the pilot and co-pilot. The aircraft originated in Lexington, Ky., and was en route to Birmingham.

"This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved," UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols said in a 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."

NTSB Senior Aviation Investigator Dan Bower will serve as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

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