A large UPS cargo plane crashed early this morning in a field close to Birmingham, killing its pilot and co-pilot. The Airbus A300 was en route to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport from Louisville, Kentucky, when it crashed around 6 a.m, just half a mile from the runway. The impact reportedly caused two explosions, with debris scattered in a wide range around the site. Local police report that no homes were affected by the crash.
The plane dropped over 9,000 feet in two minutes, just about four minutes before it crashed into the field. The only individuals on the cargo plane were the pilot and co-pilot, according to UPS's company spokesperson. The cause of the incident is still being investigated. There was no unusual weather at the time of the crash.
Another UPS cargo plane crashed in September 2010 just outside of Dubai, killing both pilots. The crash was reportedly caused by an explosion in the cargo; investigators discovered a fire that they say was caused by the nearly 100,000 lithium temperature-sensitive batteries on board.
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