A UPS cargo plane bound for Birmingham Alabama from Louisville Kentucky crashed this morning just short of the airport runway. News reports indicate that tragically, both of the pilots were killed.
Flight 1354, an Airbus A300 cargo plane crashed shortly before 6am Eastern time near a parallel access road in the immediate airport area, about a half mile from the runway. According to a report from CNN, no buildings were hit and no one on the ground was apparently injured. This aircraft is a rather large cargo carrier.
The following statement was issued by UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols: “This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved.” UPS also issued a broader statement: “At this time, we are still determining the details of the incident. We will release more information as it becomes available. As we work through this difficult situation, we ask for your patience, and that you keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Birmingham area is a manufacturing hub for automotive supply chains and other related industry, and according to reports, the area is serviced by two UPS cargo flights per day.
According to an entry in Wikipedia, the last incident involving the cargo version of the A300 was in November of 2012 when a DHL cargo plane bound for Bratislava crash landed on its nose after its landing gear apparently collapsed. All 3 crew members survived that crash.