1991 L'Express Flight 508 plane crash
The 1991 L'Express Flight 508 plane crash was a fatal aviation accident that occurred at 4:12 on the afternoon of July 10, 1991. The incident was the deadliest plane crash in the history of the Birmingham District with 13 fatalities.
The plane was a Beech 99 commuter jet owned by L'Express Airlines of Kenner, Louisiana en route to Birmingham from New Orleans. The pilot, Francis Fernandez of Niceville, Florida, decided to continue his approach from the southwest despite heavy storms. He lost control of the aircraft about seven miles shy of the airport, and the plane crashed into Ensley, damaging two homes and two automobiles, and injuring four people on the ground.
The only survivors of the crash were the pilot and attorney Mabry Rogers of Birmingham.
- NTSB Report for the 1991 L'Express Flight 508 plane crash
- Phillips, Don (July 11, 1991) "Airplane Crash Kills 13 in Alabama". The Washington Post
- "Aircraft Accident Report" (March 3, 1992) National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB/AAR-92/01
- Diel, Stan (August 14, 2013) "UPS plane crash: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth has seen handful of fatal crashes since 1940s." The Birmingham News