x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

UPS plane crash victims identified

UPS has named the two American pilots killed when one of their planes crashed outside Dubai.

The two pilots killed when a UPS cargo plane crashed outside Dubai have been identified. Captain Doug Lampe, 48, of Kentucky, and First Officer Matthew Bell, 38, of Florida, died in the accident when the plane crashed inside the Nad al Sheba Military Camp. The crash occurred shortly after take off from Dubai International Airport en route to Cologne, Germany. "This is a terrible tragedy, and all of us at UPS extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of both of these crew members," UPS CEO Scott Davis said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them during this difficult time." The statement from UPS said that the plane was just three years old and up to date on all maintenance. Investigators have found one of the flight recorders from the cargo plane. The device contains sound recordings from the cockpit of the Boeing 747-400. It could provide the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) with vital information about what caused United Parcel Service Flight 6 to go down. A second recorder, containing data from the plane's instruments, has yet to be found. The pilot radioed air traffic control shortly after take-off to report a fire on board. He was told to return to the airport, but missed the approach before disappearing from radar. The plane then crashed close to the busy junction between Emirates Road and the Al Ain highway, opposite Silicon Oasis. UPS confirmed that a team of inspectors has arrived to Dubai to assist in the enquiry. The US National Transportation Safety Board also confirmed its involvement in the investigation, announcing that it will dispatch a team to the UAE, including representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing. * The National