CBS42 heads to Washington for NTSB hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) — On Thursday, the NTSB will conduct a one-day hearing with the FAA, UPS, and several other companies and organizations to try and get a clearer picture of what went wrong on UPS flight 1354 back on August 14th.

It was six months ago, around 5 a.m., when flames from UPS flight 1354 lit up an east Birmingham neighborhood after it crashed, attempting to land at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The crash left two crew members dead and a community shaken up.

Transcripts and audio recordings released by the FAA revealed the pilots were notified that one runway way closed so they’d have to land on the shorter runway 18.

The following is a transcript of some of the audio recorded on the flight.

“Birmingham UPS 1354 we’re at one-one thousand we have papa looking for lower.”

“UPS 1354 heavy Birmingham tower descend and maintain three thousand and uh runway six is still closed you want to, do you want uh the localizer one eight?”

“Yes sir the localizer one eight will work.”

Several minutes later in the recording.

“Tower airport twelve did you see that?”

“Airport twelve there’s a crash UPS 1354 heavy crashed uh on the hill.”

The investigation spanning the last few months digs deeper into the moments, and even days before the crash, with interviews of anyone who came into contact with the pilots prior to leaving Louisville, Kentucky for Birmingham.

Thursday’s hearing will bring additional facts to light as part of the investigation, and the exact cause of the crash will be released once the investigation is complete.

CBS42 will be live with a complete wrap up of the hearing.

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