UPS cargo plane crash kills 2 crew members

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/Butch Dill)

August 14, 2013 2:34:36 PM PDT
Boxes and charred debris are scattered across a grassy field near the Birmingham, Alabama airport, after this morning's crash of a UPS cargo plane. The pilot and the co-pilot, the only people on board the jet, were killed.

The crash site had been burning, but the local fire chief says the blaze was put out by late morning.

One woman who lives near the airport says she was in bed before dawn when she heard what sounded like engines sputtering as the plane went over her house.

Another resident, Jerome Sanders, who lives directly across from the runway, says he heard the plane, and could see flames second before it crashed. He says, "It was on fire before it hit."

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.