BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Investigators found flight recorders on Thursday among the wreckage of a UPS jet that crashed at Birmingham’s airport, killing two pilots.
The voice and flight data recorders could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday. The plane slammed into a hillside just short of the runway.
The A300 jet from Louisville, Ky., crashed into a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, killing the two pilots on board and scattering wreckage over a wide area. The aircraft rained pieces of metal into front yards and sheared off a piece of one family’s back deck.
Residents in a hilly neighborhood near the airport have worried for years about the possibility of a plane crash.
The crash happened in a grassy field where a neighborhood stood until several years ago, when airport officials began buying up and then razing houses to clear the area near the end of the runway.
But such offers, which began in 1986, weren’t made on some of the nearby homes, including that of Cornelius and Barbara Benson, who live in a two-story, split-foyer home just a short walk from the crash site.
‘‘Hopefully we can get out of here now,’’ said Cornelius Benson.
The jet clipped trees around the Bensons’ yard, leaving broken plastic and twisted metal on the ground, and took a piece of their deck before slamming into a hill.