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Matthews based pilot dies in UPS cargo plane crash in Birmingham

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NTSB investigators remove the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage. (Courtesy: NTSB) NTSB investigators remove the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage. (Courtesy: NTSB)
MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) -

WBTV News confirmed late Wednesday night that a pilot who lived in Matthews, NC died when a UPS cargo plane crashed in Birmingham, Alabama.

Airport spokesperson Toni Herrera-Bast says a large cargo plane crashed around 5 a.m. in an open area near North Eastlake Boulevard.

According to Gaynell Hendricks with the Birmingham Airport Authority, the plane broke in two.

Authorities identified Cerea Beal, Jr., as one of the pilots who died.

Jarrett Stowe lives in Beal's neighborhood and went to school with his daughter.

"He was always interacting with everyone," Stowe says, "and whenever he could help someone out he did."

Stowe says the whole neighborhood is thinking of the Beal family.

"Prayers to them," he says. " I feel horrible for them and I couldn't imagine if something like that happened to me. I just feel really bad for them."

Jim Woodburn is another neighbor. He says the crash has him rattled. "When something comes that close to your neighborhood, it's kind of scary you know. You never know what's going to happen."

UPS officials said today that Captain Beal was 58 years old. He has been with UPS since 1990. Capt. Beal served more than six years in the Marines as a heavy lift helicopter pilot.

The Jefferson County, Alabama, Medical Examiner has confirmed that First Officer Shanda Fanning also died in the crash.

According to UPS, First Officer Fanning, a resident of Lynchburg, Tenn., was 37 years old. She had been with UPS since 2006. First Officer Fanning was active and well-known in the community of Lynchburg.

UPS released a statement saying "The UPS Family Assistance Team has provided round-the-clock support to the crew members' families during this difficult time.  The entire UPS family sends our condolences and will keep the Beal and Fanning families in our thoughts and prayers."

 

 

 

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