A UPS cargo plane crashed on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama shortly after 6 a.m. this morning. The crash occurred approximately 1/2 mile north of Runway 18, the FAA said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a full “Go-Team” to investigate this morning’s crash. Senior Aviation Investigator Dan Bower will serve as investigator-in-charge.
UPS and the International Pilots Association, the union that represents UPS pilots, issued this joint statement:
At 6:11 a.m. EST, UPS Flight 1354 from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL, an A300 with two crewmembers, was involved in an accident on approach into the Birmingham airport. At this time, we have not confirmed the status of our pilots.
“This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved,” said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols. 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.”
UPS has not released information regarding the type of cargo carried on the plane.
Airbus issued the following statement on the plane, which was an A300-600F:
“The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under the number N155UP (and with ‘manufacturer serial number’ MSN841), was delivered to UPS from the production line in 2003. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 11,000 flight hours in some 6,800 flights. It was powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. At this time no further factual information is available.
In line with the ICAO Annex 13 international convention, Airbus will provide full technical assistance to the French BEA as well as to the authorities who will be responsible for the accident investigation. A team of specialists from Airbus is being dispatched to Alabama.
The A300-600F is a twin-engined widebody freighter aircraft. The first A300-600F entered service in 1983. At the end of June 2013, 104 A300-600Fs were in service.
Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed. However, the investigation remains the entire responsibility of the relevant authorities and it would be inappropriate to speculate into the cause of the accident.
The concerns and sympathies of the Airbus employees go out to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the accident of Flight 1354.”