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UPS cargo plane from Louisville crashes in Birmingham; 2 crew members on board

Images of the plane on fire were captured by a television news crew in Birmingham. (Source: WVTM) Images of the plane on fire were captured by a television news crew in Birmingham. (Source: WVTM)
WBRC-TV, sister station of WAVE 3 News, tweeted these photos from the plane crash scene. WBRC-TV, sister station of WAVE 3 News, tweeted these photos from the plane crash scene.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAVE) - A UPS plane with two crew members on board crashed Wednesday morning near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport in Birmingham, Alabama on a flight that originated at the UPS hub in Louisville, according to a company spokesperson.

The plane -- an Airbus A300 mid-size cargo carrier -- crashed in an open field owned by the airport around 6 a.m. eastern time on its approach, according to NBC affiliate WVTM in Birmingham. Police said no homes were affected by the crash.

WVTM reported numerous explosions at the crash scene, which stretches about a half-mile. 

Birmingham Mayor William Bell told NBC News there was no unusual weather before the crash, and it was unknown whether there were any mechanical issues.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew," said UPS spokesperson Mike Mangeot. He said there is no immediate information on the crew members' conditions or the possible cause of the crash.

According to Mangeot, UPS typically has two flights to Birmingham each day: one during the day and one at night.

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