Cargo plane goes off runway at West Virginia airport

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A cargo plane crash landed at Yeager Airport in Charleston just before 7 a.m. Friday, killing the pilot and co-pilot, according to emergency officials.

The pilot and co-pilot were the only ones aboard the Short Brothers 330 plane, which was owned by Air Cargo Carriers, airport spokesman Mike Plante told ABC News.

Plante says the plane flew out of Louisville, Kentucky Friday morning and was trying to land around 6:53am when one of the wings hit the runway and the plane skidded off the tarmac.

The plane contracted by UPS went off the runway and over a hillside at the West Virginia airport Friday morning, an airport official said.

Police cruisers are parked outside the terminal at Yeager Airport in Charleston.

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Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV is closed through at least Saturday after the crash and all air traffic is being diverted to other airports. A county spokesperson confirms to WKYT sister station WSAZ that the crash killed two people.

Galyon says you couldn't hear the plane's engine in the distance; instead it was silent.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, Fox News said. Airport operations have been halted.

The plane slid off a runway and down a hill around 7am local time (12pm GMT), prompting county officials to declare a county-wide state of emergency.

Authorities confirmed that the plane left Louisville airport at 5:41 a.m. Friday. It wasn't immediately clear whether injuries have been reported.

In the next phase of the crash's aftermath, members of the NTSB's Recovery Company will "begin to cut the plane in sections so that it can be removed" from a hillside area more than 600 feet below Yeager's runway.

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