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Neighbors describe aftermath of UPS cargo plane crash

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A view of the crash site. Source: Lawrence McDonald, WGCL A view of the crash site. Source: Lawrence McDonald, WGCL
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Officials say that two people are dead after a UPS cargo plane crashed near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport early Wednesday morning.

The plane crash shook many in nearby neighborhoods out of their beds. Ryan Wimbleduff home was only yard away from where the cargo plane hit.

"I looked outside. There was fire all over the field. It startled me. It was five o'clock in the morning. We are close to the National Guard. I thought the Army was doing some type of drill."

The large cargo plane crashed around 5 a.m. in an open area near North Eastlake Boulevard. The crash scene is not within the airport fence, according to an airport spokesperson.

UPS spokesperson Mike Mangeot says the flight originated out of Louisville, Kentucky where UPS has a hub and crashed upon approach in Birmingham.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew," said Mangeot.

Sharon Wilson spoke with Jeh Jeh Pruitt on Good Day Alabama Wednesday morning. Wilson says the plane sounded like it was in trouble even before the crash.

"Sputtering yes. There was a loud boom, it shook my house. We has no idea how massive it was," Wilson said.

Another man was awaken by explosions. He went to the crash site and was overwhelmed by what he saw.

"When I got to the top of the hill it was an inferno. A big inferno right here. I stood right here and I stood and watched it," Eddie Smith said.

As the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) begins its investigation into the cause of the crash. Many neighbors are amazed the plane did not jot a single home.

Mayor William Bell who arrived on the scene says it was a tragedy to lose the two pilots but it could have been more terrible for the city of Birmingham.

"It's a miracle. Initially we thought the debris was contained here but we are getting reports debris on top of homes," he said.

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