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6:54 am
Sun August 18, 2013

NTSB: No Problems With Controls in Fatal UPS Plane Crash

Credit National Transportation Safety Board

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Federal investigators haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the cockpit controls in the A300 aircraft appeared to be working before the crash, and they matched the positions of the airplane's flaps and rudder.

Sumwalt's comments came during a news conference Saturday at Birmingham's airport, where the jet went down early Wednesday about one mile from the runway.

Investigators previously said they don't see any problems with the plane's engines, but that a cockpit warning went off seconds before the crash indicating the plane was descending faster than normal.

The plane's data recorder shows the autopilot was engaged, but Sumwalt says that's not unusual.

The UPS plane crashed Wednesday in Birmingham after departing from Louisville's UPS Worldport air hub. UPS has identified the crew members killed in the crash as Captain Cerea Beal Jr. and First Officer Shanda Fanning.