UPS plane crash Birmingham Alabama http://apr.org en Southwest Bans Landings On UPS Crash Runway http://apr.org/post/southwest-bans-landings-ups-crash-runway <p></p><p>Southwest Airlines has barred its pilots from landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet was trying to land when it crashed at Birmingham's airport last year.</p><p>A spokeswoman for the Texas-based airline, Jenna Williamson, said Tuesday the passenger carrier took that action because pilots were getting cockpit alerts warning they were too close to the ground on approach.</p><p>Williamson says Birmingham's Runway 18 is no longer authorized for Southwest landings, but pilots can still use it for takeoffs.</p><p>Southwest's decision was first reported by Al.com.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:26:40 +0000 The Associated Press 48226 at http://apr.org Southwest Bans Landings On UPS Crash Runway Tower Audio From UPS Crash That Killed 2 Released http://apr.org/post/tower-audio-ups-crash-killed-2-released <p>An audio recording from the control tower at Birmingham's airport shows workers were trying to reopen the main runway when a UPS cargo jet crashed while trying to land on an alternate runway, killing two pilots.</p><p>The recording shows an air traffic controller asked a Birmingham Airport Authority worker about reopening the runway less than two minutes before the Airbus A300-600 jet went down on Aug. 14.</p><p>The main runway was closed for maintenance, and the UPS aircraft attempted to land on a shorter runway. The jet clipped trees and slammed into a hill near the runway.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:13:47 +0000 The Associated Press 46281 at http://apr.org Tower Audio From UPS Crash That Killed 2 Released NTSB: UPS Pilots Had Warnings Moments Before Crash http://apr.org/post/ntsb-ups-pilots-had-warnings-moments-crash <p></p><p>Federal investigators say flight recorders show that pilots of a UPS plane that crashed in Birmingham received warnings about their rate of descent moments before impact.</p><p>National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told reporters Friday a data recorder captured the first of two audible warnings in the cockpit before impact. Sumwalt says the warnings indicated the A300 cargo plane was descending at a rate outside normal parameters given its altitude.</p><p>But Sumwalt says investigators haven't made any determination on the actual cause of the crash.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:07:12 +0000 The Associated Press 36191 at http://apr.org NTSB: UPS Pilots Had Warnings Moments Before Crash Roads Reopen Near Site of Birmingham Plane Crash http://apr.org/post/roads-reopen-near-site-birmingham-plane-crash <p>Authorities have reopened most of the major roads near the site where a UPS cargo plane crashed this week.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Al.com (http://bit.ly/18zqNWR ) reports that some residential roads near Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport remain closed as investigators search for debris.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Among the open roads are East Lake Boulevard and Tarrant-Huffman Road.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Treadwell Road, Langford Road and parts of Airport Road remain closed. Authorities are allowing residents of the neighborhoods to enter.<br> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:28:27 +0000 The Associated Press 36151 at http://apr.org Roads Reopen Near Site of Birmingham Plane Crash Victims of Fatal UPS Plane Crash Identified http://apr.org/post/victims-fatal-ups-plane-crash-identified <p>An Alabama medical examiner has identified the two crew members who died in the crash of a UPS plane this week.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Jefferson County, Ala., medical examiner on Thursday night identified the victims as Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr., 58, of Matthews, N.C. and First Officer Shanda Fanning, 37, of Lynchburg, Tenn.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; An ex-Marine, Beal had been with UPS since 1990. Fanning had worked with the company since 2006.<br> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:23:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36150 at http://apr.org Victims of Fatal UPS Plane Crash Identified Crash Investigation Focuses On Tail Section Of Jet http://apr.org/post/crash-investigation-focuses-tail-section-jet <p>Investigators say they have recovered the flight recorders on an ill-fated UPS cargo jet that crashed at Birmingham's airport this week, killing its two crew members.</p><p>Today's search focused on the tail section of the aircraft, where the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder are typically located. The National Transportation Board says they should know tomorrow if data is on the recovered flight data recorders.</p><p>The two devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:09:16 +0000 The Associated Press & Ryan Vasquez 36130 at http://apr.org Crash Investigation Focuses On Tail Section Of Jet UPS Jet Crashes Near Birmingham Airport, Killing 2 And Scattering Wreckage Over Neighborhood http://apr.org/post/ups-jet-crashes-near-birmingham-airport-killing-2-and-scattering-wreckage-over-neighborhood <p>Neighbors near the area where a UPS cargo plane crashed say they heard engines sputtering shortly before the fiery explosion.</p><p>The pilot and a co-pilot of the shipping company's Airbus A300 were killed early Wednesday when their plane crashed into a grassy field on approach to an airport in Birmingham.</p><p>Ryan Wimbleduff, who lives near the airport, said balls of fire rolled toward his property and shook his house.</p><p>Authorities say the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., and the cause of the crash is unclear.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:11:36 +0000 Ryan Vasquez & The Associated Press 36058 at http://apr.org UPS Jet Crashes Near Birmingham Airport, Killing 2 And Scattering Wreckage Over Neighborhood US: UPS Cargo Jet Crashes in Birmingham, Ala. http://apr.org/post/us-ups-cargo-jet-crashes-birmingham-ala <p>An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plane that crashed went down in an open field just outside an airport in Birmingham, Ala.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no information yet on injuries, but UPS spokesman Jeff Wafford says there were two crew members aboard.<br> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:25:28 +0000 The Associated Press 36017 at http://apr.org US: UPS Cargo Jet Crashes in Birmingham, Ala.