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Local residents react to UPS cargo plane crash

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While some Birmingham residents are used to hearing the sounds of airplanes flying over their homes, they realized that this morning's sound was definitely out of the ordinary.

Shortly before 5 a.m, a UPS cargo plane en route to Birmingham from Louisville, Ky., crashed approximately 1/2 mile north of Runway 18 on their approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The accident killed both pilots on the plane.

Sharon Wilson lives nearby and heard the crash from her home. 

"The airplane came right over our house and we heard a plane like it was giving out of fuel or something and a few minutes later we heard this loud boom," Wilson said. "And I'm like, 'What was that?' We had no idea that it was an airplane."

Wilson said she went to the end of her driveway and saw lots of police officers around before noticing that a plane had crashed. She described seeing debris and burned grass across the scene. 

Another witness said she thought the scene sounded like bombs going off.

"My brother lives next door to me, I thought his house blew up or something next to me," she said. "Then I kept hearing bombs, I thought our city was bombed, but it was different."

The scene of a plane crash is something Leroy Perry has always hoped he'd never see.

"It's unreal. I've never. I mean, planes have crashed in Alabama, you know, many of times, but this is the first time one has crashed this close," he said.

Leroy listens to planes take off and land all the time. Just by the sound he can usually determine the size of the plane.

This plane, however, sounded different.

"The noise that was the only thing that came across, at that time, was the plane and I could hear that noise and when it sputtered coming across. Then it went on across when it hit I knew then that something was wrong," he said. "It's scary, because I often sit on the back of my deck. I just live four houses down the street, and I sit on my deck and I see how low the planes fly. I can almost see the passengers."

It a sound and a sight he's hoping to never hear or see again.

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