According to local media, Birmingham Mayor William Bell announced the pilot and co-pilot of the UPS cargo plane were killed in the crash.
UPS Flight 1354, an Airbus A300, crashed around 6 a.m. EDT outside of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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According to AL.com, witnesses heard several explosions after the crash, which resulted in debris being strewn across a half a mile of empty field.
The plane was en route from Louisville, Ky., when the crash occurred.
Currrently, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s operations are unaffected by the crash, Birmingham Airport Authority spokeswoman said to CNN.
Raw footage of the crash site can be seen in the videos above. The plane is seen from its tail-end burning in the middle of a field before dawn in the footage above.
Al.com released raw footage of the crash site with first responders getting the resultant fire from the crash under control.
Local news agencies in Birmingham, Ala., also tweeted several photos from the crash site.
— The National Desk (@911National) August 14, 2013
— 10 News (@WTSP10News) August 14, 2013
— NTSB (@NTSB) August 14, 2013
According to a tweet from the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Twitter account, a team is being sent from the agency to investigate the crash.