NTSB: No engine failure in fatal UPS plane crash


Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal officials have found no evidence of a pre-crash fire or engine failure aboard a UPS plane that went down in Alabama, killing two pilots.
National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the plane was trying to land on the Birmingham airport's shorter runway early Wednesday because the longer one was closed for maintenance.
Sumwalt also said at a news conference Thursday that investigators expect to be able to recover good data from two flight recorders taken from the wreckage earlier in the day.
The plane slammed into a hillside just short of the runway.

Earlier story:

A Tennesseean who died when a UPS cargo jet crashed in Alabama is being remembered as a skilled pilot who fulfilled her life's ambition thriving in a male-dominated profession.
The two pilots aboard the A300 jet haven't been identified by UPS, but a man who identified himself as a family member said one of the pilots was Shanda Fanning of Lynchburg, Tenn. Both pilots died when the jet crashed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport early Wednesday.
Hank Williamson, manager of the Shelbyville, Tenn., Municipal Airport, hired Fanning to refuel planes and assist customers in the late 1990s. He said Thursday that Fanning "lived and breathed aviation." He said she was known as a good pilot whose goal was to fly for a major airline.

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