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
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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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