Scenes of wreckage from UPS cargo plane crash at Alabama airport

Flames rise from the UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed near the airport in Birmingham, this still image from video. Alabama's 13 via Reuters
An investigator looks through debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard were killed. Hal Yeager / AP
By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News

A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Ala., killing the pilot and co-pilot, said city Mayor William Bell.

The two were the only people killed or injured in the fiery crash, Bell said. Neighborhoods in a half-mile radius of the site were evacuated, he said.

Flight 1354 crashed shortly after 6 a.m. at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Continue reading...

Inspectors survey the wreckage of the plane. NTSB via Reuters
National Transportation Safety Board investigators near the remains of the plane. NTSB via AFP - Getty Images
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