Pilot says Runway 18 one of two options for planes the size of Airbus A300

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The UPS cargo plane that crashed on Wednesday morning came down as it approached Runway 18, one of  two options for planes the size of an Airbus A300.

Birmingham’s airport is designated as a “special” airport by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) because of various obstacles.

If a pilot has not flown into a designated airport like Birmingham in the last calendar year, there are requirements they must meet before traveling to that city.

“There’s some requirements involved with it that involve looking at pictorial pictures to look at the terrain for each specific runway,” Capt. Brooks Yeilding said. “Birmingham does have the hills and the antenna, and so in that case, coming into a shorter runway, those can be a threat.”

CBS42’s Chris Womack sat down with Capt. Yeilding and interviewed him about a variety of topics pertaining to air travel. That interview can be viewed above.

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