Cargo plane off runway at Yeager Airport, injuries reported

Charleston, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A cargo UPS plane has gone off the runway and over a hillside at Yeager Airport, according to Yeager Airport spokesperson Mike Plante.

According to a Metro dispatcher, emergency crews are on scene and a triage area has been set up at the airport.

A county spokesperson tells WSAZ the plane crashed in to the hillside upon landing. The plane is located in the wooded area off Keystone Drive.

Right now, First responders are having trouble accessing the plane. The county spokesperson says they believe four people are onboard and there is heavy entrapment. No word yet on extent of injuries.

The airport is operating under a Level 3 emergency which is the highest level. Airport Road has reopened, but only for people who need to get there for airport business. They’re asking everyone else to avoid the area.

Barlow Drive and Keystone Drive are shut down.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper has declared a state of emergency at Yeager Airport due to the aircraft accident. Her's urging drivers to avoid any roads in the area.

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