National Transportation Safety Board

UPS Crash
5:07 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

NTSB: UPS Pilots Had Warnings Moments Before Crash

Senior Investigator Joe Sedor (left) shows Member Robert Sumwalt (right) the depth of the debris field of UPS fight 1354.
Credit Nation Transportation Safety Board /

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.

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.

But Sumwalt says investigators haven't made any determination on the actual cause of the crash.

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UPS Plane Crash
7:23 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Victims of Fatal UPS Plane Crash Identified

The two crew members who died in Wednesday's UPS cargo plane crash in Birmingham have been identified as Captain Cerea Beal, Jr. and First Officer Shanda Fleming.
Ralph Hicks / National Transportation Safety Board

An Alabama medical examiner has identified the two crew members who died in the crash of a UPS plane this week.

   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.

   An ex-Marine, Beal had been with UPS since 1990. Fanning had worked with the company since 2006.

   Federal officials have found no evidence of a pre-crash fire or engine failure aboard UPS Flight 1354, which went down early Wednesday.

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UPS Plane Crash
5:09 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Crash Investigation Focuses On Tail Section Of Jet

Investigators sift through the wreckage of a UPS cargo jet that crashed just outside of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Wednesday.
Credit National Transportation Safety Board

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.

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.

The two devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday.

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Disabled Cruise Ship
5:10 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Coast Guard Says Cause Of Cruise Ship Fire Was A Leak

U.S. Customs and Border Protection provided assistance to the disabled Carnival Triumph Cruise Ship when it arrived in Mobile Feb. 14.
Credit U.S. Customs and Border Protection / Flickr

A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line.

In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.

She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.

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Arts & Life
6:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

NTSB: No Radio Contact in Ala Crash That Killed 3

Federal authorities removing wreckage of the plane involved in the crash.

A preliminary federal investigation says the teenage pilot of a small airplane didn't have any radio contact before the aircraft crashed in Alabama on New Year's Day, killing three people.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday says authorities learned of the crash in Walker County after witnesses called 911.

The report doesn't say what caused the crash, in which a 17-year-old student pilot and two friends died.

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Arts & Life
9:17 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Deputy: 3 People Killed in Alabama Plane Crash

A Piper PA 30, similar to the plane shown here, went down in Jasper late Tuesday. All three people aboard were killed.

Authorities say all three people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the Jasper area, northwest of Birmingham.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press that the Piper PA 30 went down less than a mile west of the Walker County Airport in Jasper around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Walker County sheriff's Chief Deputy James Painter said the three occupants of the plane were young people. Their names have not yet been released.

Few other details were immediately available.

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