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UPS plane crash prompts lawsuit by Birmingham residents

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

Four Birmingham residents have filed a lawsuit against the Birmingham Airport Authority and UPS in the wake of August's deadly plane crash.

UPS' Flight 1354 collided with a hillside just short of the runway at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport on August 14th, killing both pilots on board.

This week, four Birmingham residents, who claim their homes were damaged during the crash have filed a lawsuit against UPS and the Birmingham Airport Authority in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Cornelius Benson, Barbara Jean Benson, Christopher Whitfield and Pamela Yarber live in three homes across the street from the crash site.

Flight 1354 was scheduled to land on the Runway 18, the shorter of the two runways at the airport.

In the lawsuit, attorneys for the four residents claimed, "The Airport Authority knew or should have known that the approach on Runway 18 posed a danger both to flight crew of larger aircraft and the surrounding community.  Despite this knowledge, it landed more and more planes on this shortened runway."

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL COMPLAINT.

Lawyer Stephen Wadsworth continued, "This breach of duties the Airport Authority owed the Plaintiffs caused significant damage to the property including without limitation the loss of most or all value of the Properties." 

The attorneys for the residents are planning a press conference to address more specifics next Tuesday at 2:00 PM.

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