A state of emergency has been declared after a mountaineer cargo plane drove off the runway during its landing in Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia at approximately 7am on Friday.
The planes were owned by Air Cargo Carriers, which is a contractor for the UPS.
Two people have died as a result of this UPS plane crash. There are reports of heavy entrapment due to the crash after the plane collided with the runway and a wing detached.
The plane landed somewhere in the woods off of Keystone Drive.
Four people were supposed to be on the plane when it crashed, but it ended up only being two. Neither of these two, the pilot and the co-pilot, survived the crash. No name have been released regarding the fatalities.
The plane was not known to have any issues at the time of take-off.
Two people have died after a cargo UPS plane crash landed and went off the runway at a West Virginia airport, according to officials. Officials said a Mountaineer cargo plane went off the runway after approaching landing at Yeager Airport in Charleston at around 7 a.m. Friday, Fox 11 reported. Initial reports said there was heavy entrapment in the crash. The aircraft struck the runway and a wing detached. It landed in a wooded area off of Keystone Drive. According to local reports, at least four people were believed to be on the plane at the time of the incident. That number was decreased to two. WSAZ reported that plane was en route to West Virginia was the Louisville airport, which departed at 5:41 a.m. Friday.
Airport officials have confirmed the pilot and co-pilot were the victims. No names have been released. Mike Plante, spokesman for Yeager Airport, told Fox 11 the name of the company that owns the plane is Air Cargo Carriers. A corporate pilot said the company contracts for UPS. Plante said there was no indication of any issues with the aircraft before the crash. Kanawha County has declared a state of emergency at Yeager Airport due to the aircraft accident.