NTSB: No Problem With Controls in Fatal UPS Crash

6:31 PM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
In this handout photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), NTSB workers inspect the wreckage of a UPS cargo plane that crashed in a field outside of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport August 14, 2013. (Photo by NTSB via Getty Images)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal investigators haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the cockpit controls in the A300 aircraft appeared to be working before the crash, and they matched the positions of the airplane's flaps and rudders.

Sumwalt's comments came during a news conference Saturday at Birmingham's airport, where the jet went down early Wednesday about one mile from the runway.

Investigators previously said they don't see any problems with the plane's engines, but that a cockpit warning went off seconds before the crash indicating the plane was descending faster than normal.

The plane's data recorder shows the autopilot was engaged, but Sumwalt says that's not unusual.

 

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