Plane crash in Birmingham not the first for UPS

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Although the exact cause of the crash involving a UPS cargo plane is still under investigation, new details are available about the type of plane – an Airbus A300-600F – the pilots were flying.

The Airbus A300-600F can be described as a workhorse of the freightliner industry. It’s commonly used by companies such as UPS, Fed-Ex and DHL.

The plane involved in Wednesday’s crash went down in the Eastlake area of Birmingham and had been in service since 2003. It had accumulated over 11,000 flight hours and had been involved in about 6,800 flights.

During that time frame, numerous mechanical and structural problems were reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), such as computer and flap malfunctions as well as issues with the fuselage.

For UPS, Wednesday’s crash also wasn’t the first.

A Boeing 747 operated by UPS crashed in September of 2010 as it was attempting to make an emergency landing at the Dubai International Airport.

Investigators say flight crews reported a problem and tried to return to the airport only 45 minutes after takeoff.

The plane crash landed in the desert, just outside of the city of Dubai.

The cause of that crash was recently determined to be from a fire in the cargo hold that spread to the rest of the aircraft.

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