The pilots of the UPS Airbus A300-600 that slammed into a hill just short of the runway in Birmingham, Ala., on Aug. 14 appear to have had difficulty programming the aircraft's navigation system, according to an NTSB investigative hearing on Feb. 20. Information from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders shows that the captain of Flight 1354 had intended to fly a “profile approach” into Birmingham, a non-precision arrival created in the aircraft's flight management system (FMS) to ...


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