NTSB: No Problem with Controls in Fatal UPS Crash

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By Alabama News Network

Federal investigators are looking at pilot fatigue, among other issues, as a possible factor in the fatal pre-dawn crash of a UPS cargo jet in Alabama last August.

The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a hearing for Thursday on the accident, which killed both pilots, 58-year-old Capt. Cerea Beal Jr. of Matthews, N.C., and 37-year-old First Officer Shanda Fanning of Lynchburg, Tenn.

A cockpit voice recorder transcript shows the pilots of a UPS cargo jet that crashed last August complained of tiring work schedules that don't allow enough time for sleep at the start of the fatal flight.

The pilots' work shift had begun at about 9 p.m. the previous day in Rockford, Ill., and took them to Peoria and then to Louisville, Ky. They were finishing their last scheduled leg when the plane slammed into a hillside just before 5 a.m. while attempting to land in Birmingham.

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