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Large Cargo Plane Crashes Near Birmingham Airport

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A large cargo plane crashed outside the Birmingham, Ala. airport on Wednesday morning.

Flames were reported at the scene where a UPS jet crashed near the Birmingham International Airport, killing the pilot and copilot, according to law enforcement sources at the scene.

The plane had taken off from Louisville and was approaching the Birmingham International Airport around 6 a.m. when it went down, according to authorities.

The TSA said they believed the pilot and copilot were the only individuals on board with the cargo. Authorities have not yet released information on their status.

The National Transportation Safety Board launched an immediate investigation into the crash, announcing that they would send a full "Go Team" of investigators to Birmingham. The first investigator was expected to arrive by 10 a.m., with a full team to arrive later Wednesday.

The plane, an Airbus A300, was manufactured in 2004. It's not clear what cargo the plane was carrying.

It was also unclear what caused the crash. Near 6 a.m., the airport had visibility of 10 miles and a cloud ceiling of 700 feet.

UPS released a statement this morning following the crash:

"At this time, we are still determining the details of the incident. We will release more information as it becomes available. As we work through this difficult situation, we ask for your patience, and that you keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers."

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