First responders in Birmingham answer the call following plane crash

NTSB investigators canvassing the UPS Flight 1354 crash site near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, August 14, 2013. (

Birmingham police and fire crews, as well as other surrounding agencies, spent Wednesday assisting the National Transportation Safety Board in securing the UPS cargo jet crash site near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

UPS Flight 1354 crashed shortly before 5 a.m., killing both pilots on board.

More than 50 Birmingham police officers blocked off the crash scene while 35 fire trucks and 100 rescue workers arrived at the field to join the recovery and crash-site security efforts. Later in the day, Birmingham Fire Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis told ABC 33/40 about 40 firefighters remained on location checking for hotspots and looking into nearby creeks for any traces of jet fuel runoff.

City Councilwoman Maxine Parker was also there to appraise the damage caused during the disaster, which occurred in her district.

Parker{}says many residents have raised concerns about low-flying planes and noise in the area, and after today's tragedy, the Birmingham Airport Authority has agreed to meet with local homeowners soon after the NTSB concludes its crash investigation.

Complete UPS Flight 1534 crash coverage can be found here.