A UPS cargo plane has reportedly crashed in an open field near an airport at Birmingham, Alabama.
The integrator confirmed in a statement that it has been notified of an incident involving its Flight 1354, an Airbus A300 flying out of Louisville, Kentucky, en route to Birmingham.
“At this time we are still determining the details of the incident,” said the Atlanta-based company, promising more information as it becomes available.
Reports have suggested two crew members were on board the aircraft when it came down.
“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,” continued Nichols.
Local US media reported today that the incident occurred as the aircraft was attempting to land this morning at 5am local time.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed today: “UPS Flight 1354, an A300 cargo plane en route from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL, crashed approximately 1/2 mile north of Runway 18 on approach to Birmingham Shuttlesworth Intl. Airport at about 6 a.m. EDT.”
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching a full Go-Team to investigate this morning’s crash.