UPS Plane Crash Rattles Residents Near Airport

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- 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.

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