UPS Jet Crashes Near Birmingham Airport, 2 Dead

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Residents in a hilly neighborhood near Birmingham

Investigators search through debris at scene of a UPS cargo plane crash at the Birmingham International airport in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

Residents in a hilly neighborhood near Birmingham's airport worried about the possibility of a plane crashing into their homes for years before a UPS cargo jet nearly did just that.

The A300 jet headed from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham, Ala., landed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, killing the two pilots on board and scattering wreckage over a wide area. The aircraft rained pieces of metal into front yards and sheared off a piece of one family's back deck.

The crash happened in a grassy field where a neighborhood stood until several years ago, when airport officials began buying up and then razing the houses to clear the area near the end of the runway.

Those offers began in 1986, but didn't extend to all of the nearby houses, including that of Cornelius and Barbara Benson, who live in a two-story, split-foyer home just a short walk from the crash site.

Cornelius Benson says he's hoping the couple will be able to relocate now.

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