2 killed when cargo plane goes off runway in West Virginia

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

"Unfortunately, this was a awful crash", Kanawha County Commission president Kent Carper said during a news conference, noted the Gazette-Mail.

According to a Metro dispatcher, emergency crews are on scene and a triage area has been set up at the airport.

Crashes that occur during the approach and landing are the most common around the world, accounting for 65 percent, according to a study released in March by the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. It was scheduled to land at about 6:20 a.m. local time after flying from Louisville, Kentucky.

Plante told WSAZ that officials didn't immediately find evidence of any issues that might have caused the crash.

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UPS confirmed that the plane was delivering packages for the delivery service.

The crash involved an Air Cargo Carriers plane, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

"The treatment plant's continuous source water monitoring panels have detected no changes in water quality", the company said in a statement.

"It departed the runway very quickly", Plante said. "The aircraft is 150 feet over the hill". She has also appeared as a crime reporter on Investigation Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Oxygen Channel.