NTSB investigators say there's no record of a distress call from the cockpit of the UPS cargo plane that crashed Wednesday, killing both the pilot and co-pilot. And because the nose of the plane is still in pne piece, they believe the tail section may have hit the ground first. Investigators hope the flight recorders will provide details about how and why the jet slammed to the ground, just half a mile short of the runway. A UPS spokesperson said there was a variety of cargo on the plane.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Investigators are hoping to recover the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders soon from the UPS cargo jet that crashed yesterday in Birmingham, Ala., killing the two pilots. The effort had been delayed because the tail of the aircraft was still smoldering. The crash has also shaken residents near the airport who have worried for years about such an incident. No one on the ground was hurt but debris wound up in residents' yards.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Residents in a hilly neighborhood near Birmingham's airport worried about the possibility of a plane crashing into their homes for years before a UPS cargo jet nearly did just that.
The A300 jet headed from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham, Ala., landed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, killing the two pilots on board and scattering wreckage over a wide area. The aircraft rained pieces of metal into front yards and sheared off a piece of one family's back deck.
The crash happened in a grassy field where a neighborhood stood until several years ago, when airport officials began buying up and then razing the houses to clear the area near the end of the runway.