Cargo plane crashes in West Virginia

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Two people were killed when a cargo plane went off the runaway and down a hillside Friday morning, May 5 at an airport in West Virginia.

It landed on the end of the airport's runway closest to Charleston and crashed down a wooded area on a slope, airport spokesman Mike Plante told the Gazette-Mail Friday.

Emergency officials work near the site of a fatal plane crash at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W. Va., Friday, May 5, 2017.

The plane, flying from Louisville, Kentucky, was trying to land at Yeager Airport in Charleston at around 7:00 a.m. local time (1100 GMT).

Plante added that accidents at Yeager are rare and that the runway's length is on par with major airports in NY and Chicago.

The plane was owned by Milwaukee-based Air Cargo Carrier, which had been contracted by UPS. The two people who died were the only ones on board.

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"It's hard terrain to negotiate", Plante explained.

In a Saturday briefing, English said the plane did not have a cockpit voice recorder, or "black box", though it was not required to have one, Plante said in a news release.

Yeager's airport remained closed Friday morning and a state of emergency was declared for the airport, which services both cargo planes and passenger airlines.

New outlets report emergencies crews are at the scene. It wasn't immediately clear if there were any injuries. Officials says UPS plane went off runway, several on board, and heavy entrapment.

The proposal calls for lengthening the runway from about 6,800 feet (2,073 meters) to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters).

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