Emotions run high as airport neighbors share safety concerns - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Emotions run high as airport neighbors share safety concerns

Resident Cornelius Benson says these trees near his home were damaged in the crash. Source: Alan Collins Resident Cornelius Benson says these trees near his home were damaged in the crash. Source: Alan Collins
Hundreds packed a meeting at Patton Park to express their concerns. Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC Hundreds packed a meeting at Patton Park to express their concerns. Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A week ago today, a UPS plane crashed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

Large pieces of the fuselage and wings were loaded up Wednesday and removed from the site. As the clean up continues, people who live nearbymet Wednesday evening to discuss safety concerns with the Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA).

Residents in the area have told FOX6 that they are shaken by the crash. Some are ready to move or have their homes bought by the government or BAA.

One community leader says he doesn't want to see residents displaced and hopes BAA representatives will listen to the neighborhood's concerns at the meeting.

"People with kids...they look up and see those airplanes so close to their property," Robert Walker said. "Concern was always there. Outcry has been there but there's never anyone there to listen."

The BAA disputes that claim, saying that they have always listened to the community. Al Denson, the BAA President, answered questions.

Many residents wanted to know why their houses haven't been bought out. Denson says that the government buy out plan is based on a study done 10 years ago.

Denson also says that he is unaware of the NASA report filed in 1999 by a pilot warning of the dangers on Runway 1-8, the same runway that the UPS plane was cleared to land on before the fatal crash.

Christy Hutchings will have more on what was shared at the meeting tonight at 9.

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