NTSB sends team to Birmingham to investigate plane crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE: The NTSB crew from Washington D.C. has landed in Birmingham and are en route to the crash site.

ORIGINAL: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says a team is on its way to Birmingham to investigate the crash of a UPS plane early Wednesday morning.

“The NTSB is just now launching to investigate, to begin the investigation of a crash involving a UPS Airbus A300-600,” said Robert Sumwalt during an NTSB press conference Wednesday. “This airplane was flying from Louisville and crashed while on approach to runway 18 at [Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport].

The NTSB team is expected to be in Birmingham later Wednesday afternoon.

“The NTSB investigation will be led by an investigator in charge, Dr. Dan Bower, and he will be accompanied by experts in the area of structures, power plants, systems, air traffic control, human performance, aircraft performance and a number of other disciplines.

“The board has a very good success rate at being able to recover the recorders, so at this point I’m optimistic that we will be able to recover them.”

Birmingham Mayor William Bell confirmed that the two pilots of the plane died in the crash.

CBS42 will provide more updates as they become available.

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