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Woman feels blessed to be alive after UPS plane misses her home

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Barbara Benson says when planes pass over it's like "you're stirring up a daiquiri." Source: WBRC video Barbara Benson says when planes pass over it's like "you're stirring up a daiquiri." Source: WBRC video
One of many pieces of debris in Benson's yard after the plane crash. Source: Christy Hutchings One of many pieces of debris in Benson's yard after the plane crash. Source: Christy Hutchings
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The debris field from Wednesday's UPS plane crash was nearly half a mile wide. Some of that debris ended up in Barbara Benson's yard, who says the UPS plane nearly hit her home.

"I'm 72. I need to rest. I need to get in the bed got to sleep, and when I wake up not see a big boom around me," she said.

Barbara Benson tells me she has never felt more blessed than she does today after a plane nearly crashed into her home.

"I mean just think tree on this side...tree on this side, house in middle and then landing gear. Anything could have been in bed with us. God is good," she said.

Planes flying over her house are nothing new to Benson.

"I can wave at the pilots," she said.

As to what it feels like when they pass over, Benson says it's hard to ignore.

"It just shakes the house. It's like you're stirring up a daiquiri, no church members. But that's the way it's been when they come across, those great big ups planes it just shakes the house down," she said.

But after today, this is not longer a laughing matter. She said she knew something was wrong Thursday morning when her house shook even more than before. Now, debris from the cargo plane is scattered across Benson's yard.

"You just kind of in your heart say sooner or later something is going to happen so it has happened," Benson said.

And now she's ready to move.

"This has done something to me. This is not easy to look at and be right in the midst of. I'm really kind of shaky," Benson said.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be in Birmingham collecting evidence not too far from Benson's house to determine what happened.

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