BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- The UPS plane crash last week seered many images in the minds of Birmingham residents. “It actually shook our house,” said Larry Williams. ”We thought someone was trying to break in.” The crash hit too close to home, literally and figuratively, for more than 150 people who crowded into the Patton Park meeting hall Wednesday night. The meeting was held for residents to air their concerns and ask Birmingham Airport Authority President and CEO Al Denson questions. Most of the queries were about the BAA’s decision to buyout some properties, and not others. “They started by taking the neighborhood, why didn’t they finish?” asked Williams. ”We need them to go on and take that neighborhood out, and use it for what they’re going to use it for.”
Several state and local politicians attended the event, including Birmingham City Councilwoman Maxine Parker, whose district includes the field where UPS Flight 1354 crashed.
Denson kept his remarks short, but did try to clarify the rules and subtleties of the buyout procedures. Councilwoman Parker also says she has been in talks with the airport, and will schedule a meeting when the full results from the investigation into the crash are made available.