Two Left Dead When Aircraft Exits Runway in Charleston, WV

An Air Cargo Carriers Shorts 330 left the runway Friday morning after operating a flight from Louisville. The two pilots onboard were killed. (Photo: Ben Queen / AP)

Two people were killed Friday morning when a Shorts 330 cargo airplane exited the runway at Charleston Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia.

Kanawha County emergency officials say the left wing of the plane struck the runway upon landing, and the aircraft crashed into the wooded area off the runway upon losing control.

Local law enforcement remained on the scene Saturday morning, shortly after the airport was reopened to passenger flights. (Photo: CNN Breaking News)

The plane was operated by Air Cargo Carriers being subcontracted by UPS, performing a flight from Louisville, Kentucky. The plane was said to have crashed around 6:55 a.m, and the co-pilot and pilot were said to have died in the accident.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper told a local news station that the plane hit the runway sideways and rolled 150 feet down a hill next to the runway. The airport was closed for around 21 hours following the incident, with inbound flights from Charlotte, Washington, Atlanta, and Houston all diverted to nearby airports.

West Virginia American Water is monitoring the crash site for fuel leaks into a tributary of the nearby Elk River and making sure no wildlife or water is negatively effected by the accident. The company stated the Department of Environmental Protection is “deploying booms and absorbent materials in a ditch” to prevent tainted water from reaching the river. The company announced that no drinking water advisories are present at the time.

The aircraft involved was an Air Cargo Carriers Short 330 contracted by UPS. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The airport has since been reopened for service, and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and FAA are investigating.