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FEB 05, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Airport tried to open runway before UPS jet crash

(AP) — An audio recording from the control tower at Birmingham's airport shows workers were trying to reopen the main runway when a UPS cargo jet crashed while trying to land on an alternate runway, killing two pilots. The recording, posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's website, shows an air traffic controller asked a Birmingham Airport Authority worker about reopening the runway less than two minutes before the Airbus A300-600 jet went down shortly before dawn Aug. 14. The main 12,000-foot runway was closed for maintenance at the time and the UPS aircraft crashed while ... Read More

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