Today's NewsA UPS pilot and co-pilot were killed early this morning when their cargo plane crashed and exploded near an airport in Birmingham, Alabama.

News sources say Flight 1354 United Parcel Service Airbus A300 crashed at approximately 6 a.m., erupting in two fiery explosions and forcing the evacuation of residents living within a half-mile radius.

USPS released a statement indicating that the company was “still determining the details of the incident.”

Weather is not believed to be a factor.

The crash occurred outside the perimeter fence of the airport and did not affect airport operations.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has launched a Go-Team to Alabama to investigate the accident.