(FOXNEWS) — Two pilots died in a UPS jumbo cargo plane crash early Wednesday morning just outside a Birmingham, Ala., airport, officials said.

A UPS spokesman confirmed to MyFoxAL.com that the plane was a UPS A-300 Airbus, tail number N155UP, with two crew members aboard. The flight originated in Louisville, Ky., and crashed upon its approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told The Associated Press that the plane crashed before dawn. Debris was still smoldering and the nose of the plane was detached from the body.

The plane crashed in an isolated field outside the airport’s perimeter fence and a white plume of smoke was seen rising from the site. Teams of emergency crews responded to the crash.

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