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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (8x): Audio from the 911 calls made in the immediate aftermath of the UPS plane crash were released on Tuesday.
UPDATE (7x): The second pilot of the UPS cargo plane that crashed in Birmingham on Wednesday has been identified.
Reports indicate the second deceased pilot is Cerea Beal Jr.
UPS is awaiting confirmation from the coroner’s office before releasing the names of the victims.
UPDATE (6x): The black box for the plane has been located.
More to come on this new development.
UPDATE (5x): The Moore County (TN) Sheriff confirms that 37-year-old Shanda Fanning was one of the two pilots aboard the plane who died.
Fanning was from Lynchburg, Tennessee.
UPDATE (4x): According to Birmingham Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis, there were no serious hazardous materials aboard the plane.
However, there were some aerosol cans on board.
Crews on the scene have been continually working to put out hot spots.
Emergency response to the crash was swift, and Mardis said at one point there were 35 units on scene and over 100 firefighters.
UPDATE (3x): The NTSB crew from Washington D.C. has landed in Birmingham and are headed to the scene of the crash.
UPDATE (2x): The mayor’s office confirms that the plane crash has left two people dead.
Some debris from the crash did land on some houses in the area, but nobody on the ground has been injured by the crash.
According to a release from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a go-team is being launched to investigate the crash.
“The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a full Go-Team to investigate this morning’s crash of a United Parcel Service Airbus A300,” the NTSB said.
UPDATE 6:49 a.m.:
FAA statement: UPS Flight 1354, an A300 enroute from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL, crashed on approach to the airport in Birmingham at about 6 a.m. (est). This information is preliminary and subject to change.
UPS has released an official statement on Wednesday’s crash. You can read the statement HERE.
UPDATE 6:31 a.m.: An Airport spokesperson is headed to command post at 117th Guard. Will give official statement. Airport rep says no flights in or out of the airport have been affected.
Toni Herrera-Bast of the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport says the aircraft is a large cargo plane. No word on how many people on the plane, or of any injuries. We have several crews on the scene and will bring more details as they become available.
Breaking news this morning. We are receiving reports of a large plane down in the Eastlake area of Birmingham. Several emergency crews are searching the area encompassing Eastlake Boulevard. We have several crews in the area, we will bring you more reports on Wake Up Alabama.