Oh, this must’ve been a horrible crash.
I know Charleston - Yeager Rgnl very well from airport editing. It’s located on a narrow plateau with only the airport on it. There’s basically a straight drop down at either side of their runway.
Not a good day for aviation safety.
Let’s see what further news and investigations reveal.
Date: Friday 5 May 2017
Type: Shorts 330
Operator: Air Cargo Carriers
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: Charleston-Yeager Airport, WV (CRW) ( United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport: Louisville International Airport, KY (SDF/KSDF), United States of America
Destination airport: Charleston-Yeager Airport, WV (CRW/KCRW), United States of America
A Shorts 330 cargo plane impacted wooded terrain during an attempted landing at Charleston-Yeager Airport, West Virginia, USA. Both crew members suffered fatal injuries.
The aircraft originated from Louisville International Airport, Kentucky at 05:41 hours and crashed while attempting to land on runway 05 at Charleston-Yeager Airport at 06:53.
An airport spokesman reported that the aircraft touched down hard, after which it went off the left side of the runway. To the left of runway 05 there is downsloping wooded terrain. Debris was later found on the runway.
@NetJets_Nick… MaxSez: From all eyeball witnesses and prelim analysis appears crew pushed it while unstable on final ILS below DH (minimums), glide-slop. landed hard & short, wing strike on the overrun, cartwheel, excursion into slopping terrain. Wx will be a factor see TAF above for time of accident. Best guess “Pilot Error”!