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Pilot fatigue possible cause of UPS crash: investigators

Feb. 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Federal investigators are looking at pilot fatigue, among other issues, as a possible factor in the fatal pre-dawn crash of a UPS cargo jet in Alabama last August.


February 20, 2014
By The Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a hearing for Thursday on the accident, which killed both pilots.

 

The pilots' work shift had begun at about 9 p.m. the
previous day in Rockford, Ill., and took them to Peoria and then to
Lexington, Ky. They were finishing their last scheduled leg when the
plane slammed into a hillside just before 5 a.m. while attempting to
land in Birmingham.

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Two years ago, the Federal
Aviation Administration issued new rules aimed at ensuring airline
pilots have sufficient rest. But the agency exempted cargo pilots from
the rules, citing cost.