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The pilot and co-pilot of a UPS cargo plane did not issue a distress call prior to crashing while on approach Wednesday to Birmingham's airport, a National Transportation Safety Board official said.
The plane, an Airbus A300-600F, broke into pieces, spreading the majority of the debris over an area of about 300 yards, said Robert Sumwalt of the NTSB. A photograph provided by city officials shows the crumpled front portion of the plane resting in a debris-strewn field.
The crash comes on the heels of the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco last month.
But Mark Rosenker, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said people who fly regularly should not be concerned.
"Up until July 6th when the Asiana plane crashed there were nearly 50 million flights in the United States without incident or accident," said Rosenker.
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