UPDATE 1-Flight recorders retrieved from wreckage of UPS cargo jet in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug 15 (Reuters) - The cockpit voice and flight data recorders were retrieved on Thursday from the wreckage of the UPS cargo jet that crashed early Wednesday on approach to Birmingham, Alabama's airport, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
The black boxes will be sent to NTSB headquarters in Washington for evaluation of possible clues about the cause of the fiery crash of the United Parcel Service aircraft, in which two pilots were killed, agency spokesman Eric Weiss said.
The NTSB, which dispatched a team of investigators to the crash site on Wednesday, initially said the smoldering remains of the plane's tail section were too hot to allow for retrieval of its flight recorders.
A media briefing by the NTSB has been scheduled for 4 p.m. CDT (2100 GMT).
The cargo plane, an Airbus A300, clipped trees and nearly hit a house before plowing across about 200 yards (183 meters) of empty field well short of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, a senior NTSB official said on Wednesday.
The official, Robert Sumwalt, said the pilots of the aircraft issued no emergency or distress calls before the plane crashed and burst into flames.
UPS flight 1354, which took off from Louisville, Kentucky, was on approach to the Birmingham airport when it crashed at about 5 a.m. CDT (1000 GMT), according to the Federal Aviation Administration.