Report: Pilot, Co-pilot dead in Ala. plane crash


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

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. reported that Birmingham fire officials confirmed the pilot and copilot were found dead at the scene. Fire officials said damage was spread over a half mile. Officials were not sure if there were any fatalities on the ground.

A UPS spokesperson told the station that there are two flights to Birmingham in a day.