Residents near airport concerned they're too close to the runway

Residents near airport concerned they're too close to the runway

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Barbara Benson said she's been concerned for years about her home being too close to the runway at the Birmingham airport. Source: WBRC video Barbara Benson said she's been concerned for years about her home being too close to the runway at the Birmingham airport. Source: WBRC video
Benson's home is one of the houses closest to the runway. After the plane crash, she says it's like having a cemetery in her backyard. Source: WBRC video Benson's home is one of the houses closest to the runway. After the plane crash, she says it's like having a cemetery in her backyard. Source: WBRC video
Concerned residents are planning a meeting for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Patton Park. Source: WBRC video Concerned residents are planning a meeting for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Patton Park. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

People living near the area where a UPS cargo plane crashed last week are concerned that their homes are too close to the runway.

It's now been five days since the plane crashed outside Barbara Benson's home. In these past five days she hasn't slept.

"It's just like a cemetery right here in your backyard," Benson said.

She's overwhelmed with emotions.

"I'm kind of in bad shape right now but I'm trying to get over it. When I come out here it reminds me all over again," she said.

"It's just sad. I walked up to the back and I just cried because it's somebody's children. Those are somebody's children."

The NTSB expects the debris to be gone in about a week. And while Barbara will be glad to see it gone she knows what's coming next: The runway will reopen.

"This is sad time. I'm always happy person I'm trying to be happy. I'm pushing it, I know I'm pushing it," Benson said.

She's feared a crash like this would happen for years and says for years she's voiced her concerns about her home's close proximity to the runway.

She says she offered an invitation before to Airport Authority once before and she's offering it again.

A group is planning to meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Patton Park. They've passed out flyers door to door and have also extended an invitation to the Birmingham Airport Authority, Mayor William Bell and the NTSB.

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