August 15th, 2013
01:34 PM ET

Two Pilots Die in Cargo Plane Crash

Investigators are combing through the wreckage of a UPS cargo plane crash in Alabama from early yesterday.

The plane broke apart on impact and burst in flames, killing both pilots on board.

The NTSB says they received no distress call before the crash. Meanwhile, residents nearby the site of the crash tell CNN they’re grateful they weren’t hurt. 

“The broken and burnt wreckage of the A-300 cargo plane sits in an open field a half mile from a neighborhood,” reports CNN’s David Mattingly.

“I'm thankful that it did not kill us,” says witness Barbara Benson. Debris from the wreckage landed in her yard.

“The UPS plane out of Louisville, Kentucky, flying over rooftops as it approached the Birmingham airport before dawn,” Mattingly says.

 “People say they awoke to what sounded like a flight in trouble.”

“It was extremely low, and then it sounded like it was sputtering, like it was out of fuel,” says witness Sharon Wilson.

“Seconds later, fire and explosions,” Mattingly reports.

“Federal crash investigators are only beginning to find answers, a mystery compounded by an absence of critical communication.”

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