Two dead in UPS jet crash in Alabama

UPS cargo plane crashes near Birmingham, Alabama airport (picture courtesy: K.A. Turner)

A UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning in Birmingham, Alabama. It happened as the Airbus A-300 approached the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The plane, which was en route from Louisville, Kentucky, crashed on a road parallel to the airport, just a half-mile north of the runway. The pilot and co-pilot were killed in the wreck.

Birmingham's mayor William Bell described the crash site.

"Well, the front section, the nose section, is still intact, even though it has broken up into pieces. The wing section is probably about a football-field length away from the nose front section. Engines are scattered in the area, and just debris is everywhere. Probably the closest home is about anywhere between a quarter of a mile to a half mile away," said Bell.

The mayor says no buildings were hit and no one on the ground was hurt. It's unclear what caused the plane, which was listed as UPS Flight 1354, to crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it is sending a team of investigators to the site.

Toni Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says the area is outside the perimeter fence of the airport. She says the crash hasn't affected airport operations.

BThere was no unusual weather before the crash, and it was unknown if there were any mechanical issues, Bell said.

The Associated Press and NBC News contributed to this report.