Cargo plane goes off runway at West Virginia airport

The scene at Yeager Airport

The scene at Yeager Airport

The pilot and co-pilot of a cargo plane contracted by UPS have been killed after it went off the runway and over a hillside at a USA airport.

Delta had not decided by midafternoon whether to cancel its final flight into Charleston on Friday night or to fly to another airport in the region.

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

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Friday it was sending an investigative team to the crash site.

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"We are aware there was an accident in Charleston [West Virginia], involving a small feeder aircraft carrying UPS packages", Jim Mayer, public relations manager for UPS Airlines said in an email. They also had difficulty accessing the scene because it was in a wooded area.

The airport is operating under a Level 3 emergency which is the highest level. 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. Airport officials told WSAZ that the victims were the plane's pilot and co-pilot.

We are the only station in Milwaukee to provide the latest news, weather and sports on the device. UPS officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Airport officials have quoted a spend of $290 million in order to restore and extend damages caused to the runway in 2015 when a landslide incident destroyed a nearby house and church. Kent Carper with the Kanawha County Commission says the plane hit the runway sideways and rolled 150 feet down the hill.

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