Pilot killed in UPS cargo plane crash was from NC

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MATTHEWS, N.C. — A pilot who died this week when a UPS cargo plane crashed in Birmingham, Ala., was from North Carolina, according to WBTV.

WBTV reports Cerea Beal Jr. of Matthews was one of the pilots of the Airbus A300 that crashed around 4:45 a.m. (5:45 a.m. ET) Wednesday on a street that runs parallel to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

No buildings were hit and no one on the ground was injured.

It is not yet clear what caused the plane to go down. Officials said the weather was calm at the time of the crash.

The aircraft was to land at the Birmingham airport after flying from Louisville, Kentucky, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.

UPS has 53 of the Airbus A300 planes.

Wednesday’s crash is the second involving an A300 in the United States. In 2001, an American Airlines A300 crashed in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens, in New York City, shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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