Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

2 killed in plane crash in West Virginia

2 killed in plane crash in West Virginia

We have also learned the victims are a man and a woman, but their names have not been released.

Officials said there is heavy entrapment in the crash. Police cruisers are parked outside the terminal at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va after a fatal plane crash, Friday, May 5, 2017.

The airport said it would remain closed until at least Saturday to general and commercial aviation.

The two bodies have now been recovered after the deadly plane crash, according to Terry Sayre with Yeager Airport.

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.

Initial reports said four people were believed to be on the plane at the time of the incident.

The terrain made it hard for emergency crews to reach the aircraft, he said.

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Staging area set up at Yeager Airport. Airport operations have been halted.

"Unfortunately, this was a awful crash", Kanawha County Commission president Kent Carper said during a news conference, noted the Gazette-Mail.

After crashing at Yeager Airport in Charleston at around 7 a.m. Friday morning, the plane went down a steep, wooded hill. It was contracted by UPS.

The plane, a twin-engine Short 330, was owned by Air Cargo Carrier, a company that subcontracts with UPS.

A county spokesperson says the plane crashed in to the hillside upon landing. No word yet on extent of injuries.

West Virginia American Water says it is monitoring the crash site for fuel leaks into a tributary of the nearby Elk River and is in contact with state and local crews.

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