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Large Cargo Plane Crashes Near Birmingham Airport

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A large cargo plane crashed outside the Birmingham, Ala. airport on Wednesday morning.

Flames were reported at the scene where a UPS jet crashed near the Birmingham International Airport, killing the pilot and copilot, according to law enforcement sources at the scene.

The plane had taken off from Louisville and was approaching the Birmingham International Airport around 6 a.m. when it went down, according to authorities.

The TSA said they believed the pilot and copilot were the only individuals on board with the cargo. Authorities have not yet released information on their status.

The National Transportation Safety Board launched an immediate investigation into the crash, announcing that they would send a full "Go Team" of investigators to Birmingham. The first investigator was expected to arrive by 10 a.m., with a full team to arrive later Wednesday.

The plane, an Airbus A300, was manufactured in 2004. It's not clear what cargo the plane was carrying.

It was also unclear what caused the crash. Near 6 a.m., the airport had visibility of 10 miles and a cloud ceiling of 700 feet.

UPS released a statement this morning following the crash:

"At this time, we are still determining the details of the incident. We will release more information as it becomes available. As we work through this difficult situation, we ask for your patience, and that you keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers."

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Large Airport Sign Falls, Kills 10-Year-Old Boy

ABC News(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A sign at the Birmingham airport fell on a family on Friday, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring other family members.

The child, Luke Bresette, was killed Friday afternoon when a large information sign, weighing an estimated 300 to 400 pounds, peeled off of the wall and fell on the child, his mother, and two of his brothers.

According to the Birmingham News, it took six men to lift the sign off the family. Luke's mother was hospitalized with two broken ankles and a fractured pelvis, one of the brothers suffered a broken leg and broken nose, and the other brother was treated for a concussion.

The airport remains open, though the area where the sign fell was cordoned off. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident.

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Deadly Tornadoes Claim Hundreds of Lives Across South

Alex Stone/ABC News(RAINSVILLE, Al.) -- The death toll has now risen to at least 292 from the tornadoes and thunderstorms that tore through the South Wednesday night and early Thursday. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, estimated there were 164 tornadoes Wednesday, a new record for a single storm system in modern times.

The twisters rampaged through cities like Tuscaloosa, Alabama, forced a pair of nuclear plants to go off line, left thousands homeless and more than a million people without power.

President Obama called the loss of life "heartbreaking," and promised those affected by the storms the full support of the federal government.

So far 164 tornadoes have been reported from Mississippi to New York, the worst tornado outbreak since 1974 when a super tornado outbreak killed more than 300 people. The deadliest tornado outbreak was on March 18, 1925 when 695 people died in the storms.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal toured the tornado area this morning and said, "It's hard to imagine nature can be this devastating." The governor said it was a remarkably wide swath of twisters and noted there were multiple tornadoes in some areas.

The majority of the deaths reported so far have been in Alabama, where at least 195 people were killed. Mississippi recorded 32 fatalities, Tennessee had 33, Georgia at least 10, and Virginia had eight.

Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said the area can expect mild weather for the next few days but he could not predict whether more killer tornadoes were on their way.

President Obama called Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to express condolences over the deaths in his state and the White House announced that the president will stop in Alabama Friday to tour the wreckage while on his way to Cape Canaveral for the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.

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