Official statement from UPS on Wednesday's crash:
A UPS cargo plane was involved in an accident in Birmingham, Alabama.
UPS has been notified that two of our crewmembers lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354 at approximately 6 a.m. EDT today in Birmingham, Ala. However, UPS cannot disclose their names pending confirmation from the local coroner's office.
The two pilots were flying an Airbus A300-600F from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham when it was involved in an accident at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
"All of us at UPS extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these two crewmembers," said UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. "Our efforts now are primarily focused on helping the families."
The UPS Family Assistance Team already has reached out to support the crewmembers' families during this difficult time, Davis said.
"We place utmost importance on the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve," Davis said. "UPS is participating in the investigation." The NTSB has taken the lead on the investigation and will release all information on its progress.
"The news from Birmingham is tragic," said the president of the Independent Pilots Association, Captain Robert Travis. "UPS and the Independent Pilots Association lost two pilots who were dear friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families. IPA is working in full coordination and cooperation with UPS, the NTSB and local authorities."
"At 6:11 a.m. EST, UPS Flight 1354 from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL, an A300 with two crewmembers, was involved in an accident on approach into the Birmingham airport. At this time, we have not confirmed the status of our pilots.
"This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved," said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols.
"We place the utmost value on the safety of our employees, our customers and the public. We will immediately engage with the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation, and we will work exhaustively on response efforts," continued Nichols.
UPS will release more facts about this accident as they become available, but the NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will be the primary source of information going forward.
To keep you informed of developments, UPS has established a media information hotline: (502) 329-0110. A recorded message will provide updates as this situation unfolds; the system will also allow reporters to leave messages.
Updates will also be provided via the Internet at www.pressroom.UPS.com."
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