A UPS cargo plane crashed near Birmingham, Ala., this morning, al.com reports.
The crash occurred at 6:11 a.m. EST, UPS said.
In a statement, UPS said that Flight 1354, traveling between Louisville, Ky., and Birmingham, had been involved in an accident. The plane was an Airbus A300 cargo aircraft. The company later confirmed that the two members of the airplane's crew were killed in the accident.
“This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved,” said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols in a written statement. He added that the company “will immediately engage with the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation.”
NTSB has launched its investigation of the accident. In its announcement, NTSB said that the crash occurred while the plane was on approach to Runway 18 at Birmingham International Airport.
[Ed. - Updated on Aug. 15 at 2:45 p.m. with additional information from UPS.]