Monday, 25 September, 2017

NEW INFORMATION: Official: Pilot, co-pilot dead in plane crash

Lucas Bell | 06 May, 2017, 02:43

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

"It departed the runway very quickly", Plante said.

Flightradar24, a flight-tracking website, said the aircraft is a Short 330 small turboprop passenger plane.

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.

Airport spokesman Mike Plante said the pilot and co-pilot died, CNN affiliate WCHS-TV in Charleston reported.

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The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Twitter that the crash is being investigated.

Plante told WSAZ that officials didn't immediately find evidence of any issues that might have caused the crash.

Yeager Airport remains closed but the Charleston Fire Department said there was no immediate danger to anyone in the area.

The control tower at the airport is understood to be diverting all air traffic to other airports. CRJ-200 regional jet operating as a US Airways Express flight nearly went off an embankment at the end of a runway after aborting a takeoff attempt on January 19, 2010. The plane was carrying packages for UPS. It stopped the jet before it went over the ledge, according to NTSB. 13 News has learned both victims, a man and a woman, are from West Virginia. "The situation does not warrant any drinking water advisories at this time".

Police had strung yellow caution tape at the crash scene to cordon it off, according to 580WCHS.

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