UPS Jet Crashes in Birmingham, Ala. - Wall Street Journal A United Parcel Service Inc. UPS -0.16% cargo plane with two crew members aboard crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Ala. The Birmingham mayor's office said the pilot and co-pilot had been killed and there were no distress calls to the airport tower prior to the crash close to the runway. The crash is a relatively rare event for package-delivery giant UPS. The company's first fatal aircraft incident occurred in 2010 when a Boeing Co. 747 crashed after takeoff near Dubai, killing the two pilots. A report released last month said cargo containing lithium batteries started a fast-moving fire that caused the crash of the Boeing 747.