Two pilots died when a UPS cargo plane from Louisville, Kentucky, crashed while approaching to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport early Wednesday morning. The dead bodies of the pilot and copilot were found about 100 yards from the fuselage by the Birmingham firefighters. "I can confirm they were killed in the crash," Birmingham Mayor William Bell said in a statement.
Neighbors heard a loud “boom” sound of explosion after the twin engine A300 Airbus crashed to the ground. "This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved. 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," said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols.
This particular type of Airbus model which has been in business since 1974, has been involved in 10 crashes including the accident on landing in Bratislava, Slovakia, last November, according to NYDailyNews.