Dead in Cargo Plane Crash at Yeager Airport


Two people have died after a plane crashed into the hillside at Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia Friday, a county spokesperson has confirmed to affiliate WSAZ.

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

The Air Cargo Carriers plane had departed from Louisville, Kentucky, at 5:43 a.m. and arrived at the Charleston airport at 6:51 a.m., Plante said.

Roads are blocked off around Yeager Airport.

The plane, a Short 330 aircraft - a twin-engine turboprop designed for carrying cargo. belonged to Air Cargo Carriers and was operating under contract to carry UPS packages.

"There's nothing particularly challenging about Yeager Airport for a pilot", Plante said.

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The plane ran off the runway, officials said.

National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Bill English says the plane broke into pieces and went down a steep hill, hitting small trees and brush. Airport operations have been halted.

Yeager Airport Police Chief Joe Crawford said in the release, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of Mr. Alvarado and Ms. Ho".

Airport spokesman Mike Plante told reporters that the flight was routine, and there was nothing to indicate the plane was having trouble landing.

New outlets report emergencies crews are at the scene.

The lone runway at Yeager Airport, Runway 5-23, is 6,802ft long.