Neighbors react to hearing on UPS plane crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A hearing in Washington D.C. has shed more light on the deadly crash of UPS Flight 1354, which killed two crew members on August 14, 2013.

Several families near the crash site were at their laptops on February 20th in hopes of getting a better understanding of the crash that shook them to their core.

For Pamela Green Yarber, seeing text from the cockpit voice recorder transcripts, were almost too much to bear.

“The pilot said, “I must have hit something.” Clearly those were the trees that he hit in my yard,” she said.

Pamela has finally started piecing together what happened just above her home.

“And then the next several seconds, I hear the rustling of more trees, which sounded like those must have been the trees in the Benson’s yard and then I hear him say, “Oh God.” That sounded like the hill that he must have seen facing him, and that just broke my heart my sympathies go out to the families.”

“I’d like to say to the families of those pilots that passed away, that I am so, so sorry because if it had not been for the grace of god, the number could have been six instead of two,” she adds.

She’s just one of five other residents who were to close for comfort as the plane went down.

The trees in her yard bear unusual markings, indicators of how many were hit six months ago. Her mind forever marked by what happened and now, consumed with concern for the future.

“I’m fearful every day, that there’s nothing being done that will prevent this from happening in the future.”

An exact cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

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