The National Transportation Safety Board is actively investigating the crash of UPS Flight 1354 which resulted in the deaths of both the pilot and co-pilot.

NTSB spokesman Robert Sumwalt said the agency was anxious to get "boots on the ground" in Birmingham and investigators are optimistic about recovering information from the black box.

The NTSB's "Go Team" will be led by Dan Bower.  Advisors will also be on hand to help family members of the two victims deal with the crash.

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UPS Jet Crashes in Alabama [VIDEO]

A United Parcel Service cargo has crashed on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport in Alabama. The plane has been identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as Flight 1354 en route from Kentucky to Alabama. Firefighters are battling the blaze. Two people were on board the plane.