NTSB 2 dead no distress call in UPS cargo crash

Police cruisers are parked outside the terminal at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va after a fatal plane crash, Friday, May 5, 2017. A cargo plane contracted by UPS went off the runway and over a hillside at the West Virginia airport Friday morning, an airport official said. (AP Photo/Ben Queen) NTSB: 2 dead, no distress call in UPS cargo crash by Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted May 5, 2017 6:27 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The crew of a propeller plane carrying UPS cargo made no distress call before the small aircraft landed hard enough to gouge the runway and break into pieces on Friday, a federal investigator said.Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed as their plane went off the edge of a steep, wooded hillside. There was no fire, but responders had to cut their way through thick brush and trees from above and below to reach their bodies.“It’s difficult terrain to negotiate,” said Mike Plante, a spokesman at Yeager airport, which serves West Virginia’s capital.The Air Cargo Carriers plane had departed from Louisville, Kentucky, at 5:43 a.m. and arrived at the Charleston, West Virginia, airport at 6:51 a.m., Plante said.National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Bill English said the sky was overcast, with about 10 miles of visibility under the cloud cover, which began at about 500 feet above the ground.The airport will remain closed until Saturday at least, since the gouge marks may need repair, English said. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines cancelled upcoming flights in and out.Joining the NTSB probe is the FAA and the Short Brothers Co. of Northern Ireland, which makes the Short 330, a small, twin-engine turboprop.___This story has been corrected to show that the plane arrived at the airport at 6:51 a.m.