WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators are looking at pilot fatigue, among other issues, as a possible factor in the fatal pre-dawn crash of a UPS cargo jet in Alabama last August.
The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a hearing for Thursday on the accident, which killed both pilots, 58-year-old Capt. Cerea Beal Jr. of Matthews, N.C., and 37-year-old First Officer Shanda Fanning of Lynchburg, Tenn.
The pilots' work shift had begun at about 9 p.m. the previous day in Rockford, Ill., and took them to Peoria and then to Louisville, Ky. They were finishing their last scheduled leg when the plane slammed into a hillside just before 5 a.m. while attempting to land in Birmingham.