Victims of fatal Alabama UPS plane crash identified
– An Alabama medical
examiner has identified the two crew
members who died in the crash of a UPS
plane this week.
The Jefferson County, Ala., medical
examiner on Thursday night identified the
victims as Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr., 58, of
Matthews, N.C. and First Officer Shanda
Fleming, 37, of Lynchburg, Tenn.
An ex-Marine, Beal had been with UPS
since 1990. Fanning had worked with the
company since 2006.
Federal officials have found no evidence
of a pre-crash fire or engine failure
aboard UPS Flight 1354, which went
down early Wednesday.
National Transportation Safety Board
member Robert Sumwalt says the plane
was trying to land on the Birmingham
airport's shorter runway because the
longer one was closed for maintenance.
The plane slammed into a hillside just
short of the runway.