UPS cargo plane crash: possibility probed of pilot error, debris in engine

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    UPS cargo plane crash: possibility probed of pilot error, debris in engine - Yahoo

    Some attention is being directed toward the possibility of pilot error. The NTSB has asked the United Parcel Service to provide the agency with crew-related documents, including training records, flight schedules, and other employment records. UPS identified the victims on Thursday evening as Capt. Cerea Beal of Matthews, N.C., and First Officer Shanda Fanning of Lynchburg, Tenn.

    There is evidence that the engines ingested debris, including dirt and branches from trees, NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said. Investigators are trying to determine why the plane was low enough to strike trees as it approached the runway of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

    Although there is no initial evidence of mechanical failure or engine fire, the UPS-owned Airbus A300 had six prior service difficulties, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration. The most recent was in May 2012, when pilots declared an emergency after the air data computer failed during a flight.