Tragically, there has been another fatal air cargo accident in the United States.
A twin-engine turboprop noted as a Short 330, operated by Air Cargo Carriers, a subcontractor to UPS, reportedly made a hard landing at the Charleston West Virginia Yeager Airport, and veered off-the runway, cartwheeled, and slid down a steep hillside. Both the pilot and co-pilot were reported as losing their lives in the accident after rescuers struggled to reach the aircraft remains.
According to a local news media report, the routine flight originated at the Louisville International Airport, taking off at 5:35 am local time and was scheduled to land at 6:20 am. The aircraft crashed just before 7am local time.
Other news media reports note that the Yeager Airport has but a single runway and sit atop a flat mountain.
Obviously, a formal investigation by Federal regulators will follow to determine the cause of this accident.
Readers might recall the August 2013 cargo plane crash where a UPS aircraft bound for Birmingham Alabama from Louisville Kentucky crashed in the early morning hours just short of the airport runway, tragically killing both pilots on-board. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) subsequently ruled that a series of pilot errors and deviations from company safety rules, as well as pilot fatigue, led to that accident.
We extend sincere condolences to the families involved in today’s crash incident, as well as to Air Cargo Carriers and UPS.