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Two people dead after cargo plane goes off runway in West Virginia

Two people dead after cargo plane goes off runway in West Virginia

Two people were killed Friday morning as their cargo plane crashed at an airport in West Virginia's state capital.

The Air Cargo Carriers plane crashed around 6:55 a.m.at Yeager Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

Delta had not decided by midafternoon whether to cancel its final flight into Charleston on Friday night or to fly to another airport in the region. The two people who died were the only ones on board. Flightradar24, a flight-tracking website, said the aircraft is a Short 330 small turboprop passenger plane.

Bill English, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, gives an update on the airplane crash that occurred Friday morning at Yeager Airport.




The plane is located in the wooded area off Keystone Drive so first responders are having difficulty accessing the plane. Airport operations have been halted.

Airport officials say it appears one wing hit the runway and skidded off the left of the runway. It took off from Louisville, Kentucky at 5:41 a.m. and attempted to land at Yeager about 7 a.m., the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. There are no reports of injuries, but emergency officials are still assessing the situation.

Plante said that workers were working from the top and the bottom of the hill to reach the crash using chainsaw to hack their way through the brush. The proposal calls for lengthening the runway from about 6,800 feet to 8,000 feet.

UPS said in a statement that the company was aware of an incident at the airport involving a small feeder aircraft carrying UPS packages, but had no additional details.


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