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UPS Plane Crash In Atlanta, Ga.

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Investigators are trying to find the cause of a deadly UPS cargo plane crash in Alabama. Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed in the fiery crash.

UPS Flight 1354, en route from Louisville, Kentucky, bursted into flames as it crashed into an open field just outside of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed.

Birmingham mayor William Bell described the scene as "controlled chaos," saying there were two or three explosions after the plane hit the ground. Fortunately, there are no homes in the immediate area. Mike McClain is the news director for WAGA FOX 5 in Atlanta, he was at the airport in Birmingham shortly after the crash:

"I talked to a witness who said he heard what he thought was a sonic boom just before 5 a.m. and came out to see what he describes as a fireball here," says McClain.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a full 'go-team' to investigate.

"The NTSB investigation will be led by an investigator in charge Dr. Dan Bower, he will be accompanied by experts in the area of structures, power plants, systems, air traffic control, human performance, aircraft performance and a number of other disciplines," says Robert Sumwalt.

The city of Birmingham's Director of Communications says there were no distress calls from the plane prior to the crash, so one of the top priorities will be recovering the plane's black boxes.

"The board has a very good success rate with being able to recover the recorders so at this point I am optimistic that we will be able to recover those," says Sumwalt.

In a written statement, UPS officials say they're still gathering details surrounding the crash. The company asking for patience and prayers for all those involved.

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