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UPS recognizes pilots' deaths in latest statement on Flight 1354 crash

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In its latest statement regarding the Flight 1354 plane crash, UPS expressed its condolences to the families of the two pilots killed early Wednesday morning in Birmingham, Ala. (abc3340.com) In its latest statement regarding the Flight 1354 plane crash, UPS expressed its condolences to the families of the two pilots killed early Wednesday morning in Birmingham, Ala. (abc3340.com)
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Below is the latest statement from UPS regarding the fatal plane crash near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport early Wednesday morning.

Update 5:50 p.m.

UPS has been notified that two of our crewmembers lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354 at approximately 6 a.m. EDT today in Birmingham, Ala. However, UPS cannot disclose their names pending confirmation from the local coroner's office.

The two pilots were flying an Airbus A300-600F from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham when it was involved in an accident at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

"All of us at UPS extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these two crew members," said UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. "Our efforts now are primarily focused on helping the families."

The UPS Family Assistance Team already has reached out to support the crew members' families during this difficult time, Davis said.

"We place utmost importance on the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve," Davis said. "UPS is participating in the investigation." The NTSB has taken the lead on the investigation and will release all information on its progress.

"The news from Birmingham is tragic," said the president of the Independent Pilots Association, Captain Robert Travis. "UPS and the Independent Pilots Association lost two pilots who were dear friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families. IPA is working in full coordination and cooperation with UPS, the NTSB and local authorities."

Initial statement:

UPS has been notified of an aircraft incident involving Flight 1354, an Airbus A300 flying from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL.

At this time, we are still determining the details of the incident. We will release more information as it becomes available. As we work through this difficult situation, we ask for your patience, and that you keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers.

To keep you informed of developments, UPS has established a media information hotline: (502) 329-0110. A recorded message will provide updates as this situation unfolds; the system will also allow reporters to leave messages. Updates will also be available on the Internet at www.pressroom.ups.com.

A UPS cargo plane was involved in an accident in Birmingham, Alabama.

Updated 5:50pm

UPS has been notified that two of our crewmembers lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354 at approximately 6 a.m. EDT today in Birmingham, Ala. However, UPS cannot disclose their names pending confirmation from the local coroner's office.

 

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