Danville woman first feared husband was on board UPS plane that crashed

Paula Thomason says she later received a call from her husband, letting her know he was safe.

Debris burns as a UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A Boyle County woman says she panicked after hearing about a deadly UPS plane crash, because she feared her husband was on board.

The plane went down near the Birmingham, Alabama airport Wednesday morning, about an hour after taking off from Louisville.

The only people on board, the pilot and co-pilot, were killed.

Paula Thomason says her husband, Knox, flew that plane all the time.

He was supposed to fly out of Cleveland Wednesday morning, but he sometimes gets reassigned at the last minute.

So at first, Thomason said she was filled with fear, until she received a call.

"Well the phone rings, you know, early in the morning, and you know I'm not supposed to get a phone call that early in the morning," Thomason said. "And it was him. My lump and my shakiness quickly went to joy."

Investigators are still trying to figure out why the plane crashed. They say the pilots did not make any distress calls before impact.

Investigators say one of the pilots killed was 37-year-old Shanda Carney Fanning, of Tennessee.


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