The Airbus A300 with the registration of N115UP was produced in 2003 and had over 10,000 flight hours and had completed more than 6,500 flights. The NTSB is examining the site and their press conference concluded that the plane had crashed whilst on the approach. The aircraft hit a series of trees on top of a hill before travelling 200 meters from the first impact point with the ground. The black boxes have be found and the ground proximity warning systems sound "Sink rate" twice at 16 seconds and at 9 one of the crew reports visual sight with the runway.
The Birmingham airport controller saw a bright orange flash before impact which he believed to be the breakage of a power line whilst on the approach. The controller alerted emergency crews but had no low altitude alert.
Update: New news reports that the autopilot was on at the time of impact.