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No mechanical problems in UPS plane crash, NTSB says


By Mike Ahlers

Investigators have found no mechanical problem that would have led to August's deadly crash of a UPS cargo plane in Birmingham, Alabama, a National Transportation Safety Board official testified Thursday at a hearing in Washington.

The testimony came at an NTSB hearing into the August 14 crash that killed the plane's two-person flight crew -- Capt. Cerea Beal Jr. and First Officer Shanda Fanning. The Airbus A300 slammed into an open field, short of a runway at Alabama's Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Investigators found "no anomalies" with the airplane, its systems, or its warning devices, NTSB investigator-in-charge Dan Bower testified Thursday.

The board is expected to determine the probable cause of the crash later this year.

A preliminary probe last year found no signs of a fire aboard the jet before it went down. The crew did not report any trouble before the crash, Birmingham Mayor William Bell told reporters previously.



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