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Southwest bans landings on UPS crash runway in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -

SouthwestAirlines has barred its pilots from landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jetwas trying to land when it crashed at Birmingham's airport last year.

A spokeswoman for the Texas-basedairline, Jenna Williamson, said Monday the passenger carrier took that actionbecause pilots were getting cockpit alerts warning they were too close to theground on approach.

Williamson says Birmingham'sRunway 18 is no longer authorized for Southwest landings, but pilots can stilluse it for takeoffs.

Southwest's decision was firstreported by Al.com.

The rule goes further than asafety alert from another passenger carrier, ExpressJet Airlines, which toldits pilots to avoid the runway whenever possible and use a longer runway.

A UPS jet crashed while nearingthe shorter runway, killing two pilots.

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