LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UPS has officially announced the names of two crew members killed in a plane crash in Dubai.
UPS officials say Captain Doug Lampe of Louisville, Kentucky, and First Officer Matthew Bell of Sanford, Florida, lost their lives in the crash of Flight 6 on Sept. 3, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The two pilots were flying a 747 heading to Germany when it crashed near Dubai International Airport shortly after takeoff.
"This is a terrible tragedy, and all of us at UPS extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of both of these crew members," said UPS CEO Scott Davis. "Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them during this difficult time."
Captain Lampe, 48, has been with UPS since 1995. First Officer Bell, 38, has been with UPS since 2006. Both crew members flew out of UPS's Anchorage, Alaska domicile, or pilot base.
The aircraft was just three years old, entering UPS service in September 2007. UPS officials say the plane was up to date on all maintenance.
The aircraft was one of 12 747's UPS owns, and can carry more than a quarter million pounds.
The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching an aviation investigation team to assist the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates in the crash investigation.
A UPS team has arrived in Dubai at this time and will cooperate with authorities in the investigation.
"We established an internal command center within minutes of learning of this tragedy. It will be staffed around the clock with experts from every part of our operation," said UPS Airlines President Bob Lekites. "Safe, secure operations are our top priorities for our employees, our customers, and our public stakeholders."