Tenn. pilot killed in crash remembered for love of flying
Shanda Fanning (photo courtesy of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette)
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -
A Tennesseean who died when a UPS cargo jet crashed in Alabama is being remembered as a skilled pilot who fulfilled her life's ambition thriving in a male-dominated profession.
The two pilots aboard the A300 jet haven't been identified by UPS, but a man who identified himself as a family member said one of the pilots was Shanda Fanning of Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Both pilots died when the jet crashed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport early Wednesday.
Hank Williamson, manager of the Shelbyville, Tenn., Municipal Airport, hired Fanning to refuel planes and assist customers in the late 1990s. He said Thursday that Fanning "lived and breathed aviation."
He said she was known as a good pilot whose goal was to fly for a major airline.
Visitation will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Doak Howell funeral home in Shelbyville, funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. in the chapel.
A celebration of life reception will be held at 4 p.m. at the Fair Haven Baptist Church in Shelbyville.
Fanning is a 1994 graduate of Shelbyville High School, and a 1999 graduate of MTSU.
She is survived by her husband, parents, and various family members.