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UPS plane crash stirs memories of deadly 1991 crash

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File video of the crash site. Source: WBRC File video of the crash site. Source: WBRC
Lamar Joseph says he can vividly remember the day a plane crashed into an Ensley neighborhood. Source: WBRC Lamar Joseph says he can vividly remember the day a plane crashed into an Ensley neighborhood. Source: WBRC

As officials continue investigating the fatal Aug. 14 UPS plane crash, memories have been stirred of another deadly crash in Birmingham.

July 10th, 1991 was the day of the deadliest plane crash in Birmingham. Thirteen people were killed when L'Express Flight 508 crashed in Ensley.

Lamar Joseph can remember that day very vividly. At 14-years-old he and his brother were helping their mom move into their house in this Ensley neighborhood.

"My momma said that plane look kind of low and then there was a huge like roar, boom," said Joseph.

He said it was complete chaos after that.

"Just seeing the charred bodies like that and folks trying to get out. Belts still on them," Joseph said of the scene.

Those details all came rushing back Wednesday morning after hearing of the UPS crash that killed two people.

"You'll never forget that. You'll never forget that from your mind," he said.

Jerry Chandler has written a number of aviation articles.

"We've had our share of high profile in incidents and accidents here in Alabama. Sadly, all we can hope is that that is it for a while."

He said even with well-known crashes in the state our numbers are still low, especially when compared to car accidents.

"We do recognize the airplane crashes because they're the best and highest profile type of technology that we have as a society and when something goes wrong in that we invest all of our confidence and things not going right and working it kind of shakes us to our core," Chandler said.

Wednesday's fatal crash may not have physically impacted Lamar but it definitely brought back old memories.

"First thing that popped back into my mind that was the first thing that popped back into my mind," said Lamar.

A passenger and the captain of the plane were the only survivors of the 1991 crash. Reports show the plane lost control because of a thunderstorm.

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