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NTSB will release final report on UPS crash September 9

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We now know when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will release their final findings into the accident - and who won't be a part of that report.

On September 9, the NTSB will release its findings on what caused the crash.

On Monday, the NTSB told UPS and its pilots' union, the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), they are out of the agency's investigation because the board says both made public statements about the cause of the accident before the investigation finished.

Earlier this month, the union released a statement blaming the accident on the flight crew's fatigue and calling for a change in the rules governing cargo pilots' schedules.

The union told us today they're not commenting on this move to remove their "party status" from the investigation.

The NTSB says it may grant "party status" to those organizations that are able to provide technical assistance in an investigation.

A condition to that status is that parties agree to not release investigative information, analysis, or comment on findings, to the media without consulting with the NTSB.

When the investigation is over, those restrictions are lifted.

A UPS spokesperson told us they were "surprised and disappointed" by the NTSB's decision but maintains the company takes compliance with investigation rules seriously.

The crash of the Airbus A300 on final approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport on August 14, 2013 killed both pilots.

Brian Gaudet, spokesperson for the IPA, gave us this statement:

"The Independent Pilots Association will not comment on today's NTSB press release and will refrain from commenting on the Flight 1354 accident until the NTSB releases its final report."

Mike Mangeot, UPS spokesperson, said in a phone interview that UPS has never had its party status removed from an NTSB investigation before.

He said UPS "applauds the unbiased and scientific" investigations of the NTSB and appreciate the work they have done.

He concluded by saying UPS wants to find the cause of the crash so this can be prevented in the future.

Click here to read the letter sent to the IPA.

Click here to read the letter sent to UPS.

Click here to read NTSB's party agreement form.

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