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Shanda Fanning Identified As One Of The UPS Pilots Killed In Plane Crash

Thu, August 15, 2013 10:45am EDT by Chris Rogers 2 Comments
UPS Plane Crash Victim Shanda Fanning
Landov, Courtesy of Shelbyville Municipal Airport

So sad. Shanda Fanning, who has been in love with aviation for most of her life, was identified as one of the two pilots killed in the deadly UPS plane crash on August 15.

Shanda Fanning, a Lynchburg, Tennessee native, has been named as one of the pilots killed in the deadly UPS plane crash on August 15.

UPS Plane Crash Victim — Shanda Fanning Identified As One Pilot Killed

“As a small child, Shanda had a fascination with flying,” family friend Buford Jennings told Web Pro News. “She grew up determined she was going to fly.”

Shanda, 37, reportedly learned to fly at a young age and was thrilled when she found work doing what she loved, according to

Sadly, the UPS Flight 1354 that she was co-piloting flew out of Louisville, Kentucky and was approaching Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport when it skidded across a highway and crashed in a horrific explosion.

Authorities haven’t released the name of the other pilot. Thankfully, no other crew members were believed to have been on board.

UPS Airlines President Releases Statement

“This incident is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and prayers are with those involved. We place the utmost value on the safety of our employees, our customers and the public. We will immediately engage with the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, and we will work exhaustively on response efforts,” UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols said in a statement on the crash.

Shanda is survived by her husband, Bret. They had no children together.

Our thoughts go out to those affected in this tragic accident.

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