UPS has identified the pilots as
Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr., 58, of Matthews, N.C. and
First Officer Shanda Fanning, 37, of Lynchburg,
The National Transportation Safety Board has
launched a full Go-Team to investigate the crash
of UPS Flight 1354. Senior Aviation Investigator
Dan Bower will serve as investigator in charge.
NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying
the team and will serve as the principal
spokesman during the on scene phase of the
UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols said, "This incident
is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are
with those involved. We place the utmost value on the
safety of our employees, our customers, and the public.
We will immediately engage with the National
Transportation Safety Board's investigation, and we will
work exhaustively on response efforts. Airbus said it
will provide technical assistance to accident
Back in September 2010, a
UPS Boeing 747-400F, Flight 6, N571UP, crashed near
the Dubai Silicon Oasis at or about 7:45 PM local time.
The pilot had declared an emergency 50 minutes just
after takeoff. Both the pilot and copilot were killed.
This was the first such casualties in UPS' history. In
November 2010, Agence France-Presse released the Arabic
Al-Qaeda statement that the crash was due to onboard
explosion of an air package collected in Yemen. However,
this has not been verified. Authorities have sited the
cause of the crash due to load of 80,000 to 90,000