UPS: We will work alongside, in-step with NTSB

A spokesperson for UPS is asking for patience and prayers as the investigation begins into the fatal UPS plane accident. The morning flight from Louisville crashed near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport early Wednesday morning.

Jeff Wafford, a spokesperson for UPS, is not releasing the names of the two pilots killed in the morning crash when the plane went down in a field just short of the landing strip.

"We ask for patience and thoughts and prayers for those involved," he said in a phone interview with ABC 33/40.

Wafford says this was one of two daily UPS flights going from Louisville to Birmingham. The flight time is one hour 15 minutes.

The aircraft was built in 2004, and there are 53 similar aircrafts in the company's fleet that travel domestically and internationally.

Wafford says all of UPS' pilots are experienced often coming from commercial airlines and the military.

The NTSB is leading the investigation. The Go-Team is expected to arrive at 11 a.m. to investigate what caused the plane to go down around 5 a.m. killing both pilots.