The crash was located around 6:40 p.m. by both firefighters on the ground and crews in a WV State Police helicopter. The area is inaccessible for vehicles and ATVs. Rescue workers had to make their final approaches on foot. Damage from a small, single engine plane was located. Two bodies have been located amidst the wreckage.
The flight was not one being tracked by Charleston’s Yeager Airport. According to Yeager Airport officials the flight did not originate and was not scheduled to land at their airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted about the incident. They have dispatched a team that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning. They will assume the lead role in the response at that time. Overnight the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office will have Deputy Sheriffs on site securing the remote area.
Though the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office will assist other investigators, it is not the lead investigative body in this matter. No additional inquiries into the crash will be answered by the Sheriff’s Office. All inquiries should be directed to the FAA.
Cpl. B. D. Humphreys