Plane Crash in Eastern Kanawha County

On April 11, 2014, at approximately5:00 p.m. Metro 911 received reports of a plane crash across the Kanawha River from Pratt, WV, and above Route 60 between Glasgow and Cedar Grove.  Firefighters with the Glasgow and Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Departments responded to assist in locating the crash.  Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.  West Virginia State Police Troopers and WV Division of Natural Resources Police also responded.

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

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office
301 Virginia St. E.
Charleston WV 25301
304-357-0732 / 304-951-7328
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