Sunday, September 05, 2010

Dubai UPS Cargo Plane Crash -Crew Members Identified

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Crew members from Kentucky and Florida were identified Saturday as the two people killed when a UPS cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff outside Dubai. The Atlanta-based package delivery company said that the crash killed 48-year-old Captain Doug Lampe of Louisville, Ky., and 38-year-old First Officer Matthew Bell of Sanford, Fla.
Lampe has been with UPS since 1995. Bell has been with UPS since 2006. Both crewmembers flew out of UPS's Anchorage, Alaska, pilot base.
"This is a terrible tragedy, and all of us at UPS extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of both of these crewmembers," said UPS CEO Scott Davis in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them during this difficult time." Family members for the pilots could not immediately be reached on Saturday.
UPS said the two pilots were flying a Boeing 747-400 to Cologne, Germany, when it crashed.
The National Transportation Safety Board was dispatching an aviation investigation team to assist United Arab Emirates authorities in the investigation of Friday's crash.
The plane went down inside an Emirati air base near a busy highway intersection about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Dubai's international airport. WAM said the crash occurred in an unpopulated desert area, suggesting there may not have been casualties on the ground

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