by Thomas Novelly, Louisville Courier Journal –
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A small cargo plane carrying packages for United Parcel Service made a crash landing at the Louisville Airport early Tuesday morning when it had a mechanical failure.
The Shorts 360 aircraft, which was delivering packages for UPS, had two pilots on board when it crashed on runway 17L. Neither of the pilots were injured, according to UPS spokesman Jim Mayer.
The crash happened when the “nose gear collapsed” according to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration. Mayer described the crash as a belly landing, where the landing gear fails and the plane scrapes its way to a stop.
Mayer told the Courier Journal that no packages were damaged on board and no one was injured.
The Wisconsin-based flight was traveling from Danville, Illinois, to Louisville. The plane is contracted by the shipping company, and it is not one of UPS’ regular planes.
The accident will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, Mayer said.
UPS Airlines is based in Louisville and it has a fleet of more than 245 airplanes that ship to 727 different destinations.
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