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Old 14th Aug 2013, 10:45
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UPS cargo crash near Birmingham AL

Aircraft down, fire department is responding to fire at scene.

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Old 14th Aug 2013, 11:00
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UPS cargo crash near Birmingham AL

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Old 14th Aug 2013, 11:01
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Plane is a UPS Airbus A300 freighter performing flight 1354 from Louisville to Birmingham (AL). Aircraft is supposedly burning and there have been at least 3 explosions so far.
2 crew on board.
Map showing crash site here.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/10886888...ts/M5razqJrVo7

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Old 14th Aug 2013, 11:02
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An Airbus A300F4-622R probably: ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A300F4-622R ? N155UP ? Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM)
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Weather uneventful, the most recent Metars:

2013-08-14 06:06 METAR KBHM 141106Z 00000KT 9SM FEW005 OVC070 23/22 A2999 RMK AO2 FEW005 FU =
2013-08-14 05:53 METAR KBHM 141053Z 01003KT 10SM OVC070 23/22 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP146 T02330222 =
2013-08-14 04:53 METAR KBHM 140953Z 34004KT 10SM FEW011 BKN035 OVC075 23/22 A2997 RMK AO2 SLP141
T02330222 =
2013-08-14 04:04 METAR KBHM 140904Z 00000KT 10SM SCT010 BKN075 23/22 A2996 RMK AO2 =
2013-08-14 03:53 METAR KBHM 140853Z 00000KT 10SM BKN010 OVC075 23/22 A2997 RMK AO2 CIG 006V013
SLP138 T02330217 52000 =

An overcast, muggy southern night. Last metar from 6.06 am with reduced visibility to 9 SM from the crash smoke (FU at the end of the Metar)
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Live audio feed from Birmingham Fire Dept on scene

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Short Instagram video of fire seen from tarmac

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Old 14th Aug 2013, 11:25
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A short report from NBC:

UPS cargo plane crashes, explodes at Alabama airport - U.S. News
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2 fatalities reported.

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A video clip of fire dept on scence here...

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Crash: UPS A306 at Birmingham on Aug 14th 2013, touched down outside airport
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Looks like they were approaching RW 18. Wonder why they went for that one,as they park at the SW corner of the field.
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Old 14th Aug 2013, 11:55
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UPS Birmingham

UPS spokesman quoted on Louisville news A300. Crew of 2. Birmingham Mayor stating in a field not on airport proper. Area commented as industrial.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday near an airport in Birmingham, Ala.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told The Associated Press the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn.

The plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham as UPS Flight 1354, Bergen said.

Toni Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, said the cargo plane crashed near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Bast said the crash site is outside the airport's perimeter fence and has not affected airport operations.

Neither Bergen nor Bast had any information on injuries.
A photo from the news site al.com showed a plume of smoke rising from the site in an open field. Several fire trucks and other emergency vehicles were lined up on a narrow road nearby.

Representatives for Atlanta-based UPS could not immediately be reached Wednesday morning.

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LOC/DME is Notam'd OTS on the ILS 18...

Edited: looks like it was just notamed after the crash. My apologies.

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Local constabulary seem badly rattled

Birmingham resident Eddie Smith, who lives on 90th Place North near the airport, said he heard a loud boom about 5 a.m.

"It shook my house so hard, I jumped up," Smith said.

A few minutes later, he said he heard another loud boom. Then it got quiet. He went outside to walk his dog and could see the smoke rising over the trees and hills. Smith said he was stopped by a Birmingham police officer who drew his weapon and ordered him to return to his home and said that there had been a plane crash.
Front section of aircraft separated from the rest of the aircraft, and is lying about 50 yards away. Five explosions were heard from the part on fire.





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Lousy LOC or LNAV approach.
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Smith said he was stopped by a Birmingham police officer who drew his weapon and ordered him to return to his home...
Typical yahoo police behavior in that part of the world.
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Were the papis working as neither approach procedure for RW18 is authorised at night if they are not?
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