A UPS Airbus A300 aircraft has crashed on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) in Alabama killing both pilots.

UPS Flight N155UP

The aircraft, tail number N155UP operating flight number UPS1354, had departed earlier from Louisville International Airport (SDF) but crashed short of runway 18 at around 04:50 local time in an open field owned by the airport.

UPS A300, N155UP - Photo © Francisco Amaya pinkfroot.com
UPS A300, N155UP – Photo © Francisco Amaya pinkfroot.com

Eyewitnesses reported that the aircraft engines sounded odd and that the twin-engine plane was on fire before it hit the ground.

9-year-old Airbus A300F4-622R

N155UP was a 9-year-old Airbus A300F4-622R that first flew in late 2003 before delivery to UPS in 2004.

Here on planefinder.net we tracked the aircraft into Louisville earlier in the morning and tracked part of the final flight to Birmingham.

UPS1354 shortly before the crash - screenshot planefinder.net
UPS1354 shortly before the crash – screenshot planefinder.net

In a press statement, UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols said “This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved”

Full Statement on The Events

The full UPS statement can be found here at their newsroom:

http://www.pressroom.ups.com/Press+Releases/Current+Press+Releases/Statement+on+UPS+Flight+1354

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