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2nd pilot killed in UPS plane crash identified

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The NTSB is investigating the cause of Wednesday's plane crash in Birmingham. The NTSB is investigating the cause of Wednesday's plane crash in Birmingham.
Two pilots died in Wednesday's crash. Two pilots died in Wednesday's crash.

A relative has identified the second pilot who died in Wednesday's UPS cargo plane crash in Birmingham, according to WAVE3 News in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cerea Beal, Jr., was from Matthews, North Carolina. The co-pilot, Shanda Fanning, is a native of Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, crews with the National Transportation Safety Board will continue working Thursday to determine a cause for the crash of UPS Flight 1354. The plane crashed near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport early Wednesday morning. Officials said there is still more work to be done. 

It's the early stages of what is sure to be a long road ahead for investigators. The cause of the Birmingham plane crash is still a mystery.

"Our goal is to find out not only what happened, but more importantly, why it happened so we can keep it from happening again," said NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt.   

The NTSB has a 26 member go-team working the crash site. Sumwalt said they have a lot of factors to consider what's behind the early morning accident.  

"They will be looking at the structure, power plants, the survival factors, human performance, systems, operations, air traffic control, weather. We will be looking at everything that may be relevant to the cause of this accident," he said. 

Sumwalt said part of their analysis will be finding out exactly where the plane crashed.

"It appears the aircraft went through some trees and then impacted toward the bottom of the hill where there is evidence of fire. Then it went up the hill, where it came to its final resting place."

Crews will continue to go through the wreckage in search for answers. Meanwhile, Sumwalt gave his condolences for the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims," he said. "We are thinking of you and you are in our prayers." 

The NTSB has a disaster assistance crew available who will provide support for the victims and their families.

The NTSB will hold a second news briefing Thursday at 4 p.m.

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