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Victims of fatal UPS plane crash identified

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

National Transportation Safety Board investigators remove a black box from the the tail section of the UPS cargo plane that crashed Wednesday on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. The devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet tried to land early but crashed on its approach, killing two pilots. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama medical examiner has identified the two crew members who died in the crash of a UPS plane this week.

The Jefferson County, Ala., medical examiner on Thursday night identified the victims as Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr., 58, of Matthews, N.C. and First Officer Shanda Fleming, 37, of Lynchburg, Tenn.

An ex-Marine, Beal had been with UPS since 1990. Fanning had worked with the company since 2006.

Federal officials have found no evidence of a pre-crash fire or engine failure aboard UPS Flight 1354, which went down early Wednesday.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the plane was trying to land on the Birmingham airport's shorter runway because the longer one was closed for maintenance.

The plane slammed into a hillside just short of the runway.