Cargo plane crash kills 2 crew members

A federal aviation official says a large UPS cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Ala.

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)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Witnesses say they saw flames coming from a cargo plane before it crashed this morning in Birmingham, Alabama. And they say they heard its engines struggle as the plane flew overhead at tree level.

The UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a rural area.

The crash, which apparently toppled a tree and a utility pole, didn't affect operations at the nearby airport.

UPS says the plane was carrying a variety of cargo.

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