Homeowners still concerned 1 year after UPS plane crash

Homeowners still concerned for their safety 1 year after UPS plane crash

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L-R: Barbara Benson, Cornelius Barber, Pamela Yarber and Melanie Posey. Source: WBRC video L-R: Barbara Benson, Cornelius Barber, Pamela Yarber and Melanie Posey. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Three residents say not much has changed in the year since a UPS cargo plane crashed near their home, killing the two pilots on board.

Shortly after the crash, they filed a lawsuit claiming it was proof they were in harm's way.

We talked to two of the three plaintiffs that filed this suit. They say Thursday has been tough for them, remembering the pilots that lost their lives, reflecting on how close the plane came to their homes and feel that nothing has been done to address their concerns of safety.

Pamela Yarber says debris from UPS flight 1354 left holes all over her property. Her neighbors, Cornelius and Barbara Benson say a year since the plane crash, they're still finding trash in their yard.

"The plane came directly over my house. Reports say if I had a tennis ball I could have hit the plane. That is close. That is close," Benson said.

For year's before the crash, both families say they dealt with noise, shaking houses and planes flying so close close they could wave to the pilots. The Bensons say they even asked the Birmingham Airport Authority to buy them out, like they had done hundreds of other homes around them within the planes glide scope. But they were left behind and then the crash of flight 1354 happened.

"We're living in thse homes not knowing if it'll happen again," Yarber said.

Nearly two months after the fatal crash, the Bensons, Yarber and a third neighbor filed suit against UPS for negligence and against the Birmingham Airport Authority.

"That essentially their actions in this case and over time have made their homes worthless and as a result they should be bought out," attorney Stephen Wadsworth said.

Attorney Stephen Wadsworth says they don't know why they weren't bought out, if they will be bought out, or if their safety concerns will be addressed. The discovery process has been put on hold until the NTSB finishes its report.

"So the fear is as palpable as it was a year ago today," Yarber said.

A spokesperson for the NTSB says it usually takes them a year to finish their report. He said it should be ready sometime soon but could not be more specific.

As for UPS and the Birmingham Airport Authority, their spokespersons say they do not comment on lawsuits.

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