Early this morning on August 14th, a UPS cargo plane Airbus A300 crashed before it reached the runway at the Birmingham International Airport. The lives of two pilots were lost and pieces of the plane was found in the yards of some homes nearby.
In this map below, you can see that the plane was approaching the runway from the north. But somehow, the plane was short and it crashed in a field in the red circle below. Thankfully this was only a field.
Several years ago, this area was filled with homes but the airport and the City of Birmingham has bought out homes in the field area. When this happened this morning, it could have been much worse! Photo from April Odom.
One of the pilots who was killed has been identified as Shanda Carney Fanning from Lynchburg, TN. Fanning was the wife of Bret Fanning, who works at the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. Here are some stories from WHNT-TV and the Shelbyville Times-Gazette talking about the life of Shanda Carney.
Here’s a story about the life of Captain Cerea Beal Jr. who was also killed in the plane crash.
Obviously, prayers go out to the family of Shanda Carney and the family of Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr. of Matthews, N.C. This is a sad day for UPS and for the families and friends of the victims.
- UPS plane crash: Pilot Shanda Fanning remembered for energy, fearlessness (al.com)
- UPS plane crash in Birmingham: What we know now (photos, video) (al.com)
- Plane crashes near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (updated; video) (al.com)