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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 that the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday. Two people were on board the plane. At this time, they have not been located, MyFoxAl.com reported.
Bergen says the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky. to Birmingham.
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Take off and landing are the two most dangerous phases of flight and when most crashes occur. The crash site is a half mile short of the runway. The crash site was near a church and homes in the area.
They think the explosions were related to the fuel on board the aircraft, and not from anything else. Flight tracking websites show the plane descended 9,000 feet in the last two minutes before impact.
It was UPS 1354, an Airbus A300 (N155UP), out of Louisville Kentucky, into Birmingham. The aircraft broke apart on impact, with the nose section remaining intact, and not catching fire. There are reports that there may have been hazmat on board the flight. The bodies of the pilots were found about 100 yards from the crash site. One witness said it sounded like they were running out of fuel shortly before impact.
The crash caused at least two explosions and strewed debris across a long path, according to NBC News affiliate WVTM. The plane crashed about 900 yards from the airport in an open field, WVTM reported. Police said no homes were affected by the crash.
Sharon Wilson, who lives near the airport, said she was in bed before dawn when an airplane went over her house at what sounded like treetop level.
The engines were making an odd sound like sputtering, she said.
"It sounded like an airplane had given out of fuel. We thought it was trying to make it to the airport. But a few minutes later we heard a loud `boom,'" she said.
Birmingham William Bell, who was briefed on the situation by the city's fire chief, said the plane broke into two or three primary pieces. "There were two to three small explosions, but we think that was related to the aviation fuel," he said.
A witness said it sounded like the plane was running out of fuel as it passed overhead.
"A few minutes later we heard this loud 'boom,' and we really didn't know what it was," Sharon Wilson told the station.
Neighbors heard a loud boom followed by a series of other explosions, the station reported.
Contradicting if both the above statements are true Atleast from the preliminary reports. I guess we'll just have to wait for the official word.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
They think the explosions were related to the fuel on board the aircraft, and not from anything else.
One witness said it sounded like they were running out of fuel shortly before impact.