U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the UPS cargo plane crashed around 5 a.m. on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
One pilot has been identified by family members as Shanda Fanning, 37, of Lynchburg.
The Moore County News reported Fanning was married to Bret Fanning, an employee at Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
The plane was en route from Louisville, Kentucky.
The crash did not affect airport operations. The fire was out by 9:30 a.m.
It was not immediately clear what caused the jet to crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
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