UPDATE: 1 pilot identified in UPS plane crash - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

UPDATE: 1 pilot identified in UPS plane crash

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UPDATE: WSMV has confirmed the identity of one of the pilots killed this morning as Shanda Fanning.

WSMV was tipped that there was a meeting of employees at the Jack Daniels distillery in Tenn. this morning to inform them of the development. Bret Fanning, the woman's husband, is part of the family that runs the distillery.




UPDATE: 8:15 a.m.: Alabama Power reports 76 customers are without power after the plane came into contact with the lines.

Power will be restored as soon as it's safe to do so.



UPDATE 7:50 a.m.: Bettina Boateng reports that the plane is broken in two pieces, with debris littered across the Airport Highlands or Zion City area.

The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth airport is still operating as normal. However, the field 900 yards north of the airport is still an active scene. The fire has been suppressed.

The mayor's office says no structures on the ground were damaged, but some trees and power lines were damaged. 

The NTSB is expected to speak shortly on the crash.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to send photos or information to wvtm13@wvtm.com.


UPDATE: The Birmingham Mayor's Office has confirmed that the pilot and copilot of the plane have died in the crash. We'll continue to update this story as information is confirmed.

A UPS Cargo Plane is on fire after crashing in east Birmingham early this morning.

The plane crashed near 19th Avenue North and North East Lake Boulevard in an open field that used to be a neighborhood. That field is now owned by the airport.

A statement from UPS said they are still working to determine details of the incident.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport just before dawn. Bergen says the plane was en route from Louisville, KY.

Alabama's 13 was on the scene and say the plane is still burning. The crew spoke to neighbors and they say the heard a large boom and then several other explosions. The media has been asked to move back due these explosions. There could be debris covering about half a mile.

Again Alabama's 13 has a crew on the scene and will bring you the latest as we receive more information.

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