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Rep. Bachus expects changes to the airport after UPS plane crash

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Crews worked Wednesday to remove key parts of the plane debris. Source: WBRC video Crews worked Wednesday to remove key parts of the plane debris. Source: WBRC video
Rep. Bachus secured space at Kaiser Aircraft Industries where NTSB could reassemble the wreckage. Source: WBRC video Rep. Bachus secured space at Kaiser Aircraft Industries where NTSB could reassemble the wreckage. Source: WBRC video
Rep. Bachus expects immediate changes at the airport after the UPS plane crash. Source: WBRC video Rep. Bachus expects immediate changes at the airport after the UPS plane crash. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus expects immediate changes at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in wake of the crash of the UPS Flight 1354, which killed two pilots.

Wednesday work crews removed key sections of the cargo plane including major sections of the plane's engines.

"It's a tragedy. Thank goodness no one was killed on the ground," Bachus said.

Congressman Bachus' office knew the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would need a large space to take debris and reassemble the plane for their investigation. The congressman contacted Kaiser Aircraft Industries for help.

"Kaiser was very cooperative with offering their facility and it's an excellent facility that is close and that big," Bachus said.

Wednesday, airport neighbor Cornelius Benson hired a tree removal company to take down trees on this property damaged by the cargo plane. Benson lives on Treadwell Road directly across the street from the crash site. His home narrowly escaped harm. Bachus believed a number of trees will have to be removed from the area as a way to increase visibility and safety of incoming planes.

"I believe the trees will be taken down. Part of the hill. We've taken a lot of money taking houses away. So that has been done," Bachus said.

Benson tells FOX6 he would like for the Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA) or the federal government to buy out his home.

Wednesday evening, residents will have a chance to share concerns like Bensons' with a BAA representative.

Bachus is not sure more homes need to be bought out but he does believe a number of trees in the area should be removed. He says he will support any changes recommended by the NTSB to make the airport safer.

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