UPS has released the following information on the pilot and co-pilot who were killed in this week’s plane crash in Birmingham, Alabama:
The Jefferson County, Alabama, Medical Examiner has confirmed that two of our crewmembers, Captain Cerea Beal, Jr. and First Officer Shanda Fanning, lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354.
Captain Beal, a resident of Matthews, N.C., was 58 years old. He has been with UPS since 1990. Capt. Beal served more than six years in the Marines as a heavy lift helicopter pilot.
First Officer Fanning, a resident of Lynchburg, Tenn., was 37 years old. She has been with UPS since 2006. First Officer Fanning was active and well-known in the community of Lynchburg. She was known for being an aviation enthusiast.
The UPS Family Assistance Team has provided round-the-clock support to the crew members’ families during this difficult time. The entire UPS family sends our condolences and will keep the Beal and Fanning families in our thoughts and prayers.
A UPS A300 cargo plane en route from Louisville crashed just outside of the Birmingham airport early Wednesday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board is collecting evidence at the scene.