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Authorities release air traffic recordings of UPS cargo jet crash

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WDRB) -- A UPS plane that crashed in August 2013, killing two pilots, was  trying to land on an alternate runway.

Authorities released an audio recording from the control tower at Birmingham's airport, which shows workers were trying to reopen the main runway when the UPS cargo jet crashed.

"Runway 6 is still closed, you want the localizer 18?."

"Yes, sir, the localizer 18 will work."

The recording shows an air traffic controller asked a Birmingham Airport Authority worker about reopening the runway less than two minutes before the Airbus A300-600 jet went down on Aug. 14.

The main runway was closed for maintenance, and the UPS aircraft attempted to land on a shorter runway. The jet clipped trees and slammed into a hill near the runway.

"Tower and port 12, did you see that?"

"Airport 12, that was a crash, UPS 1354, that was a crash, ah, on the hill."

Two Louisville-based pilots, Shanda Fanning and Cerea Beal Jr., died in the crash.

Click HERE to read a transcript of the air traffic communications.

The recording shows a cargo carrier from UPS competitor FedEx landed safely on the main runway just moments after the crash in Alabama.

The audio is posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's Web site.

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