UPS Cargo Plane Crashes In Alabama

Wednesday, August 14th 2013, 8:06 am
By: News 9

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

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement to CBS News that the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport at about 6 a.m. ET.

Witness said there have been as many as five explosions in the hour since the crash-landing. There has been no word on deaths or injuries.

Rick Jackson of CBS Birmingham affiliate WIAT-TV reported on "CBS This Morning" on the phone from near the crash site that the plane split in half from the impact.

The plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham as UPS Flight 1354, the agency said in the statement.

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 the FAA nor Bast had any information on injuries.