Pilots Advised Not to Land on Birmingham Runway

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Birmingham, Ala. The nation's largest regional passenger airline is advising pilots to avoid landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet crashed in Birmingham.

ExpressJet Airlines issued the guidance after an internal review that followed the UPS accident last year. The alert was dated in September.

The analysis concludes planes come "dangerously close" to nearby hills if even a few feet too low while approaching Runway 18 in Birmingham. The company is telling it pilots to land on a longer runway at Birmingham's airport when possible.

The Atlanta-based ExpressJet declined comment. Birmingham's airport authority won't answer questions about the report.

Aviation safety expert John Cox says the runway is safe but that it's appropriate for ExpressJet to tell pilots to avoid the shorter runway when possible.