Two dead as plane goes off run­way in West Vir­ginia

Cape Breton Post - - World -

A cargo plane con­tracted by UPS went off the run­way and over a steep, wooded hill­side Fri­day at a West Vir­ginia air­port, killing the pi­lot and copi­lot, an air­port of­fi­cial said.

Nearly two dozen emer­gency ve­hi­cles lined the run­way as emer­gency crews were try­ing to reach the crash site from above and below, Yea­ger air­port spokesman Mike Plante said.

“It’s dif­fi­cult ter­rain to ne­go­ti­ate,” Plante said.

The FAA said on its web­site that Yea­ger Air­port was closed and wasn’t ex­pected to re­open un­til Satur­day morn­ing. The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board is en route to in­ves­ti­gate.

The Air Cargo Car­ri­ers plane had de­parted from Louisville, Ken­tucky, at 5:43 a.m. and ar­rived at the Charleston, West Vir­ginia, air­port at 6:51 a.m., Plante said. He said the plane was a small, twin-en­gine tur­bo­prop.

Plante said of­fi­cials have no idea why the plane, which made reg­u­lar runs to the air­port, crashed. The weather in Charleston was sunny and clear.

News out­lets quoted Kanawha County Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Kent Carper as say­ing the plane came in side­ways, struck the run­way early and rolled down the hill.

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 said it had no de­tails to share.

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