FAA releases audio recording from UPS crash

FAA releases audio recording from UPS crash (Image 1)
FAA releases audio recording from UPS crash (Image 1)

The Federal Aviation Administration released an auto recording Wednesday that details the final moments before a plane crash last year that killed a Moore County woman.

Shanda Fanning, a native of Lynchburg, was one of two pilots killed on August 14 when a United Parcel Service airplane crashed in Birmingham, Alabama.

According to the Associated Press, the recording shows airport workers were trying to reopen the main runway when the crash occurred.

An air traffic controller can be heard asking a Birmingham Airport Authority worker about reopening the runaway less than two minutes before the Airbus A300-600 jet went down.

The main runway was closed for maintenance so Fanning and her co-pilot, 58-year-old Cerea Beal, Jr., attempted to land on a shorter runway.

The aircraft clipped trees before slamming into a hill not far from the runway.

The audio is posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's Web site.

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