Southwest bars pilots from landing on Runway 18 in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Southwest Airlines has prohibited its pilots from landing on Runway 18 at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Jenna Williamson says the airline has not used Runway 18 or Runway 36 for several months.

Runway 18 is the same runway where a UPS cargo jet was trying to land when it crashed in August of 2013.

Williamson says Runway 18 is no longer used for Southwest landings because pilots were hearing Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) alerts in the cockpit.

The alerts are used to warn pilots of potentially hazardous flight conditions involving contact with the ground.

Williamson says the GPWS monitors terrain proximity, and if there is a potential terrain conflict, an alert is provided.

Southwest flights can still use the runway for takeoffs.

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