Airport area residents meet to voice concerns - WRBL

Airport area residents meet to voice concerns

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One week after a UPS cargo plane crashed into an open field just north of the Birmingham Airport, local residents got together for a community meeting. The meeting focused on their concern over airplanes flying too close to their homes.

Just before UPS 1354 crashed, it flew over a home off of Treadwell Road and clipped nearby trees. Many in this area say they're accustomed to trees flying low near their homes.

Robert Walker is the president of the East Lake Community and organizer of Wednesday night's meeting. Walker said this is a problem that's been going on for years and last week's crash just brings light to the situation.

"The plane crash is the 'I told you so.' The neighbors have been saying for a long, long time that if you don't do something about this problem this is going to happen," said Walker.

Walker said he hopes this meeting will get the Birmingham Airport Authorities' attention and help get a solution to this problem.

Walker said he plans to organizer more community meetings in the future.

"We plan to have as many as needed, because we know that this meeting is going to lead to other meetings this is just the beginning."

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