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Plane Veers Off West Virginia Runway

06 May, 2017, 02:49 | Author: Abraham Jackson

Two people died when an incoming cargo plane carrying UPS packages swerved off the runway at an airport in Charleston, West Virginia, and went over a hillside on Friday, officials said.

Airport spokesman Mike Plante told the news station that the Air Cargo Carrier plane struck a hillside as it was landing Friday morning.

Plante said there was no indication of any issue with the aircraft before the crash. Crashes at the airport are rare, he added.

The FAA said on its website that Yeager Airport in Charleston isn't expected to reopen until Saturday morning.

Never miss a story again - sign up to our Telegram channel and we'll keep you up to speed! There are no reports of injuries, but emergency officials are still assessing the situation. Flightradar24, a flight-tracking website, said the aircraft is a Short 330 small turboprop passenger plane.

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Officials said there is heavy entrapment in the crash.

"The aircraft hit the runway before the runway actually began", Kent Carper, president of the Kanawha County Commission, told NBC News. 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.

Airport officials confirmed that a pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash.

One of the wings on the Air Cargo Carriers plane broke off and came to rest on grass next to the runway, according to Plante. The proposal calls for lengthening the runway from about 6,800 feet to 8,000 feet.

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