UPS cargo plane crashes near US airport, 2 dead
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) - A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near an Alabama airport on Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive A300 jet coming in at treetop level.
People living near the airfield in Birmingham reported seeing flames coming from the aircraft and hearing its engines struggle in the final moments before impact.
"It was on fire before it hit," said Mr Jerome Sanders, who lives directly across from the runway.
The plane, which had departed from Louisville, Kentucky, went down about less than a kilometre from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport. It broke into several pieces and caught fire. The pilot and co-pilot were the only people aboard.