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UPDATE: 2 Dead In UPS Plane Crash In Birmingham, Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Boxes and charred debris are scattered across a grassy field near the Birmingham, Alabama airport, after this morning's crash of a UPS cargo plane. The pilot and the co-pilot, the only people on board the jet, were killed.
    
The crash site had been burning, but the local fire chief says the blaze was put out by late morning.
    
One woman who lives near the airport says she was in bed before dawn when she heard what sounded like engines sputtering as the plane went over her house.
    
Another resident, Jerome Sanders, who lives directly across from the runway, says he heard the plane, and could see flames second before it crashed. He says, "It was on fire before it hit."
    
The crash, which apparently toppled a tree and a utility pole, didn't affect operations at the nearby airport.
    
UPS says the plane was carrying a variety of cargo.

UPDATE: The mayor of Birmingham has confirmed that both the pilot and co-pilot on board the plane are dead. They were the only two people on board.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plane that crashed went down in an open field just outside an airport in Birmingham, Ala.
    
Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash.
    
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday.
    
There is no information yet on injuries, but UPS spokesman Jeff Wafford says there were two crew members aboard.
    
Bergen says the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky.
    
Herrera-Bast says the plane crashed in "open land" she described as a grassy field on the outskirts of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. She says the crash hasn't affected airport operations.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal aviation official says a large UPS cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Ala.   

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday.
    
Bergen says the plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham as UPS Flight 1354.
    
Toni Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says the plane crashed on the outskirts of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
    
Bast says the area is outside the perimeter fence of the airport. She says the crash hasn't affected airport operations.
    
Neither Bergen nor Bast had any information on injuries.

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