Thursday, 15 August 2013

Captain Shanda Fanning, UPS pilot was Tennessee woman

One of the Pilots who died Wednesday morning when a UPS jet from Louisville crashed in Birmingham, Ala., lived in Lynchburg, Tenn., with her husband on the farm where he grew up, a neighbor said.

Shanda Fanning's brother-in-law, Wes Fanning, confirmed that she was one of the two crew members who died in the crash. He offered no other comment, referring a reporter to UPS for more details.

UPS, which has its main air hub and airline headquarters in Louisville, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon confirming two crew members had died in the crash but it did not identify them.

Shanda Fanning, 37, was a "very very sweet, loving, outgoing vibrant young lady," neighbor Donna Fletcher said

STORY: Two dead in fiery UPS plane crash in Alabama

Fanning lived on the farm with her husband, Bret, who works at the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, Fletcher said. The Fannings had been married several years and did not have children, the neighbor said in a telephone interview.

Fletcher called the crash "a horrible, horrible tragedy."

She didn't know how long Fanning had worked for UPS but said she had been flying since she was a teenager.

Gina White, a friend and former flight instructor, called Fanning "a good ol' Southern country girl" and "one of the funniest women I've ever known."

"She did everything right," White said, adding that she "was an excellent pilot."

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First Pilot killed has been named locally as Captain Shanda Fanning The plane was en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham as UPS Flight 1354

A UPS cargo plane crashed on approach to the airport in Birmingham early Wednesday, killing the two pilots.

It was the second deadly plane crash for the Sandy Springs-based shipping giant in four years.

The Airbus A300-600F jet coming from Louisville crashed as it came in for a landing at Birmingham International Airport at 5:11 a.m Wednesday. There was no distress call from the pilots, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s initial findings.

“The crash of UPS Flight 1354 occurred about one-half mile north of Runway 18,” Kathleen Bergen, Federal
Aviation Administration spokeswoman, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Investigators are expected to probe a number of possible causes, such as mechanical issues, pilot fatigue, or whether cargo may have contributed to the crash. The NTSB is sending a representative to UPS Airlines’ headquarters in Louisville to examine training records and maintenance records.

In a briefing late Wednesday afternoon, NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said that the tail section of the plane was still smoldering, preventing investigators from getting the black boxes, including the flight data recorder and cockpit recorder.
“We are optimistic we will be able to get there quickly and get those recorders,” Sumwalt said.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell said the plane crashed in an area that used to be a neighborhood and is now owned by the airport. The homes there were torn down.
Barbara Benson, who has lived near the area for 25 years, said pieces of the plane were scattered on her lawn.

“I woke up to a big ball of fire,” she said.

Sharon Wilson was getting ready to go the gym when she heard the plane come over the house.

“We could tell the plane was too low,” she said.

She heard a loud boom, but thought it was from the nearby rock quarry.
“It terrified us,” Wilson said.

According to the flight-tracking website,, the plane landed at the UPS hub in Louisville around midnight after a flight from Acapulco, Mexico, and took off again at 5:04 a.m. for the 45-minute flight to Birmingham.

United Parcel Service is the second biggest company in Georgia and the world’s largest package delivery company.

The company has a fleet of more than 300 airplanes, including the Airbus A300. The A300 is described as a short- to medium-range widebody jet airliner.

In a statement, Airbus said the company “regrets to confirm” the crash.

The aircraft involved in the accident was delivered to UPS from the production line in 2003, Airbus said.

The aircraft had accumulated approximately 11,000 flight hours in some 6,800 flights. It was powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, the company said.

A team of specialists from Airbus is being dispatched to Alabama.

“The concerns and sympathies of the Airbus employees go out to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the accident of Flight 1354,” the statement concluded.

The Birmingham crash comes after a fatal incident in Dubai in 2010 in which a UPS Boeing 747 crashed on take-off, killing the two pilots.

 A government investigation determined that lithium-ion batteries led to a fire, which resulted in the crash.  Staff writer Mike Morris contributed to this report.

A large UPS cargo plane crashed early on Wednesday killing both the pilot and co-pilot, according to reports.

The A300 plane skidded across a highway and exploded in a series of fireballs on approach to Birmingham Airport in Alabama just before dawn at 4.55am.

The plane was en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham named as UPS Flight 1354, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. There is not believed to have been any other crew members on board.

UPS Airbus crashes near Birmingham airport runway, killing two pilots

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International Airline Pilot’s Career Guide Learn Step By Step How to Become an International Airlines Pilot By Shekhar Gupta And Niriha Khajanchi 

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1. Your Aviation Career Starts Here
2. Pilot Training
3. Flight Ratings – SPL, PPL, CPL, ATPL 
4. Pilot and Personal Computer
5. Medical Requirements for Pilots