Two dead after UPS plane crashes at Yeager Airport, West Virginia

Two dead after UPS plane crashes at Yeager Airport, West Virginia

Emergency services continue to work on the downed plane (Credit: Twitter @580WCHS)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Two people have been confirmed dead after a UPS plane crashed on landing at Yeager Airport in West Virginia today.

The pilot and co-pilot have both died, according to an airport official.

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. 

An official told NBC News the plane made a hard landing, with one wing hitting the runway before the other. This caused the plane to 'cartwheel'.

The airport closed for around an hour after the incident, but has now reopened.

Emergency officials have told local outlet WCHSTV that there is "heavy entrapment" and rescue workers had been having trouble reaching the craft because of its location down the side of a hill.

It is currently unknown what caused the plane to crash.

A local reporter tweeted this image from the scene: