The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

August 20, 2013

Residents of community near plane crash site worried

IRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — People living near the site of last week's cargo jet crash at Birmingham's airport say they're worried about safety.

The head of a community association, Robert Walker, addressed members of the city's airport authority on Monday.

Walker says residents fear another crash. He says they want assurances that big planes like the UPS A300 jet that went down last Wednesday won't be using the runway nearest their homes.

The jet clipped trees around homes before crashing about a mile from the end of the runway.

Both pilots died in the crash. The accident left debris scattered around the neighborhood, but no one on the ground was injured.

A community meeting is set for Wednesday to discuss safety concerns.

Federal investigators are still at the scene trying to determine what happened.

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