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Yeager Airport to be closed at least until Saturday after crash

Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre said the airport will be closed at least until Saturday. The National Transportation Safety Board said investigators are expected to arrive at the airport 5 p.m. Friday. (WCHS/WVAH)

Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre said the airport will be closed at least until Saturday following a double fatal crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet that investigators from the agency are expected to arrive at the airport 5 p.m. Friday. Airport managers have notified various gates at Yeager and the owners of aircraft to stop booking flights for now.



The airport’s closure follows a crash about 7 a.m. Friday of a 330 twin-engine turbo airplane owned by Air Cargo Carriers, a contractor for UPS. The pilot and co-pilot, both from West Virginia, were killed in the crash. Both had Yeager Airport badges and were familiar with the airport and visited it frequently.

“It appears it hit the runway and then the wing sheared off, and it ended up over the hill at the airport,” Sayre said.

Sayre said it appears there are a few gouges in the runway and that the plane “landed a little awkwardly and caused some damage.” Crash debris spread out about 1,000 feet.

The airport director said the plane apparently landed sideways instead of level when it crashed. Sayre said the winds were calm at the time of the crash, and there was about 10 miles of visibility. There was no communication with the tower of the pilots encountering any problems.

Sayre said someone from Lincoln County, which was in the plane’s approach path, called officials to report an unusual noise from an aircraft. Sayre said the call came after the crash. The caller said the plane sounded like its engine was running unusually fast.

The bodies have been recovered and transported to the medical examiner’s office. He said the pilot and co-pilot killed in the crash were based locally, and officials would wait until their families have been notified before releasing the names.

Meanwhile, Sayre said there was a diesel fuel leak from the plane that is being contained. He said the water company and environmental officials have been notified as a precaution.


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