Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Cargo plane goes off runway at West Virginia airport

Cargo plane goes off runway at West Virginia airport

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

Yeager Airport in West Virginia, where a cargo plane went off the runway on May 5, 2017.

Plante added that accidents at Yeager are rare and that the runway's length is on par with major airports in NY and Chicago.

Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV is closed through at least Saturday after the crash and all air traffic is being diverted to other airports.

"It's hard terrain to negotiate", Plante said.

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".

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Airport officials say the runway or weather didn't cause the crash.

The airport is operating under a Level 3 emergency which is the highest level.

She called the airport to report the sound and the NTSB will be investigating to see if the sound contributed to the crash. 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.

The initial witness mark on the runway is about 340 feet from the runway threshold, according to English.

"We do not have additional information to share about the carrier, or condition of the aircraft or crew", Mayer said in an email on Friday.

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