NTSB issues preliminary report on UPS plane crash that killed TN pilot

Federal investigators say in a preliminary report that a UPS cargo jet crashed short of runway 18 while on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigators examine debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the airplane were killed. (AP Photo/National Transportation Safety Board)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal investigators say in a preliminary report that a UPS cargo jet crashed short of runway 18 while on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The brief report released Tuesday night from the National Transportation Safety Board includes few new details about the Aug. 14 crash. The NTSB is continuing to investigate the accident in a probe that's expected to take several months.

Authorities previously said the UPS A300 clipped trees around homes before crashing about a mile from the end of the runway. Both pilots died in the crash. The accident left debris scattered around the neighborhood, but no one on the ground was injured.

The flight had originated from Louisville International Airport in Kentucky.


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