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Investigation into Alabama crash of UPS cargo plane begins

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:14

Aug. 14 - Authorities begin their investigation into the fiery crash of a UPS cargo plane into a rural field in Alabama that killed the pilot and co-pilot. Mana Rabiee reports.

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STORY: With daylight, a better picture emerges from the fiery predawn crash of a UPS cargo plane that killed the pilot and co-pilot. The large Airbus A300 crashed onto this field near a runway at Birmingham International Airport. An investigation into the crash is already getting underway, says the National Transportation Safety Board. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NTSB BOARD MEMBER ROBERT M. SUMWALT SAYING: "Where did the airplane actually crash? Was it on approach or did it crash actually on the runway? We have not been there to actually get there and survey it. That's exactly what we will begin doing once we get to Birmingham, we will begin documenting the wreckage." UPS flight 1354 was en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham when it crashed at about 5 a.m. Central Time, authorities say. Finding the plane's black box recorder, now key to the investigation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NTSB BOARD MEMBER ROBERT M. SUMWALT SAYING: "I will tell you that the board has very good success rate with being able to recover the recorders, so at this point I'm optimistic that we will be able to recover those." UPS, the world's largest package-delivery company, says it's still determining details of the crash. This is the latest in a series of air accidents in the United States in recent months.

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Investigation into Alabama crash of UPS cargo plane begins

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:14