NTSB says UPS cargo plane that crashed in Alabama was possibly desending too rapidly

|By:, SA News Editor

In their preliminary analysis, the NTSB says pilots of a United Parcel Service (UPS) cargo plane that crashed in Birmingham, Alabama received two cockpit-instrument warnings that they were descending too rapidly, seconds before the jet clipped some power lines, smashed into trees and slammed into a hill less than a mile from the airport.

The Airbus (EADSY.PK) A300 freighter's cockpit-voice recorder revealed that the onboard ground-collision avoidance system twice issued warnings that the plane's "sink rate" was excessive.

Although sketchy, the information didn't reveal any specific aircraft malfunctions or system failures, and suggests that investigators are shifting their focus to examine pilot error during the final phase of the descent.