Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Cargo plane goes off runway at West Virginia airport

Cargo plane goes off runway at West Virginia airport

The process of removing the cargo plane that crashed Friday while landing at Charleston's Yeager Airport is slated to begin as early as Monday, according to airport officials.

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

A air carrier cargo plane has gone off the runway and over a hillside at Yeager Airport, according to Yeager Airport spokesperson Mike Plante.

Police cruisers are parked outside the terminal at Yeager Airport in Charleston.

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Aviation expert James-Paul Dice, an aircraft pilot and chief meteorologist at WBRC-TV in Birmingham, AL, says weather could have played a part in the crash.

The FAA will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.

The plane ran off the runway, officials said.

The plane landed in a wooded area off to the left side of the runway, and emergency workers were having a hard time getting to the crash site. 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 airport said in a news release it had contracted with Clean Harbors, a local environmental cleanup company, to help with any spills.

New outlets report emergencies crews are at the scene. It wasn't immediately clear whether injuries have been reported.

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

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