Created: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:14:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:29:11 EST
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -
Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks says the pilot and co-pilot of a large UPS cargo plane were both killed when the jet crashed in a grassy field just outside the city's airport early Wednesday.
Brooks says both crewmembers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the A300 plane crashed on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport en route from Louisville, Ky.
Toni Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, said there were no homes in the immediate area of the crash. She said the plane crashed in "open land" she described as a grassy field outside the perimeter fence of the airport. She says the crash hasn't affected airport operations.