UPS cargo plane crashes in Alabama

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Pilot fatigue is among several issues being eyed by accident investigators as possible factors in the fatal predawn crash of a UPS cargo jet in Alabama last August.

The National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing Thursday on the accident, which killed both pilots. Documents released just prior to the start of the hearing reveal UPS pilots told investigators that Captain Cerea Beal Jr., who was flying the plane at the time of the crash, had recently expressed concern about the schedules at the cargo carrier. (AP)

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Investigators look through debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the airplane were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Investigators look through debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the airplane were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Investigators look through debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the airplane were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A postal inspector officer looks over the debris of an UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. A UPS cargo plane crashed and burned Wednesday morning on the outskirts of an Alabama airport, killing two crew members and scattering boxes and charred debris across a grassy field, officials said. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A postal inspector officer looks over the debris of an UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. A UPS cargo plane crashed and burned Wednesday morning on the outskirts of an Alabama airport, killing two crew members and scattering boxes and charred debris across a grassy field, officials said. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A postal inspector officer looks over the debris of an UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. A UPS cargo plane crashed and burned Wednesday morning on the outskirts of an Alabama airport, killing two crew members and scattering boxes and charred debris across a grassy field, officials said. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A postal Inspector officer and a NTSB investigator are seen through a section debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday August 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A postal Inspector officer and a NTSB investigator are seen through a section debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday August 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A postal Inspector officer and a NTSB investigator are seen through a section debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday August 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Investigators work near a section of debris of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Investigators work near a section of debris of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Investigators work near a section of debris of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
An investigator works near a section of debris of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT
An investigator works near a section of debris of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT
An investigator works near a section of debris of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The two pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT
NTSB investigators work around the tail section of the UPS cargo plane that crashed on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport August 15, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The Airbus A300 jet headed from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham, Ala., landed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, killing the two pilots on board and scattering wreckage over a wide area. (Photo/Hal Yeager)
NTSB investigators work around the tail section of the UPS cargo plane that crashed on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport August 15, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The Airbus A300 jet headed from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham, Ala., landed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, killing the two pilots on board and scattering wreckage over a wide area. (Photo/Hal Yeager)
NTSB investigators work around the tail section of the UPS cargo plane that crashed on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport August 15, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The Airbus A300 jet headed from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham, Ala., landed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, killing the two pilots on board and scattering wreckage over a wide area. (Photo/Hal Yeager)
4A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
UPS cargo plane crashes in Alabama, killing 2
4A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Debris burns as a UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Debris burns as a UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Debris burns as a UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Fire crews arrive on scene of a plane crash at the Birmingham International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plane that crashed went down in an open field just outside the airport. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Fire crews arrive on scene of a plane crash at the Birmingham International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plane that crashed went down in an open field just outside the airport. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Fire crews arrive on scene of a plane crash at the Birmingham International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plane that crashed went down in an open field just outside the airport. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Debris burns as a UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Debris burns as a UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Debris burns as a UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
A UPS cargo plane lies on a hill at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after crashing on approach, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. Toni Herrera-Bast, a spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority, says there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
Fire crews assess damage on a street where a UPS cargo plane knocked down trees and power lines as it crashed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
UPS cargo plane crashes in Alabama, killing 2
Fire crews assess damage on a street where a UPS cargo plane knocked down trees and power lines as it crashed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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