UPS releases identity of pilots killed in plane crash

A firefighter looks at the wreckage of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane that crashed on the north side of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. An engine cowling is shown in the foreground. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/, Mark Almond)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPS has released the names of the two pilots killed in a plane crash Wednesday just short of Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport.

The two pilots were identified as Captain Cerea Beal Jr., of Matthews, North Carolina, and First Officer Shanda Fanning, or Lynchburg, Tennessee. Both has worked with UPS for many years.

The statement from UPS can be found below.

 The Jefferson County, Alabama, Medical Examiner has confirmed that two of our crew members, Captain Cerea Beal, Jr. and First Officer Shanda Fanning, lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354.

Captain Beal, a resident of Matthews, N.C., was 58 years old. He has been with UPS since 1990. Capt. Beal served more than six years in the Marines as a heavy lift helicopter pilot.

First Officer Fanning, a resident of Lynchburg, Tenn., was 37 years old. She has been with UPS since 2006. First Officer Fanning was active and well-known in the community of Lynchburg. She was known for being an aviation enthusiast.

The UPS Family Assistance Team is providing support to the crew members’ families during this difficult time.  The entire UPS family sends our condolences and will keep the Beal and Fanning families in our thoughts and prayers.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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