Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Search Called Off for Possible Downed Aircraft in Braxton County, West Virginia Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

UPDATE 7/1/15 @ 8:55 a.m.

BRAXTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The search has been officially called off for a possible downed aircraft in Braxton County.

The call of a possible downed aircraft came in just before 7 p.m. Tuesday from people who live Millrun area. Crews searched several hours Tuesday night, but never found anything.

According to the Braxton County Emergency Management Facebook post, the search was called off early Wednesday after a C-130 from the West Virginia Air National Guard flew a search grid in the area and did not see or pick up a distress signal.

West Virginia State Police, with support from WV National Air Guard and emergency responders from Braxton and Nicholas Counties helped in the search.

UPDATE 7/1/15 @ 12:10 a.m.

BRAXTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A search for a possible downed aircraft in the Frametown area was called off just before midnight Tuesday.

Crews searched by air and foot and found nothing. They say the terrain is so rugged it's difficult to even access it with four-wheelers. High water in a nearby creek also presented challenges.

The call of a possible downed aircraft came in just before 7 p.m. Tuesday from people who live in the area.

ORIGINAL STORY 6/30/15 @ 10:05 p.m.

BRAXTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ)  -- A report of a possible aircraft down in the Frametown area of Braxton County has emergency crews out Tuesday night searching for wreckage. 

The call came in just before 7 p.m. Tuesday from people who live in the area.  

However, Mike Baker, the director of Emergency Management and 911 in Braxton County, says nothing has been found and there is no confirmation of the report at this time.

Crews are searching in wooded areas near Frametown along Mill Creek Road.

No other information is available at this time.


UPDATE (7/1: 7 a.m.):

Braxton County emergency crews ended a search for a possible downed aircraft Tuesday night.

Dispatchers tell 12 News they received several calls from residents in the Strange Ridge area about a possible aircraft wreck. Residents said they saw helicopters trimming trees in the area earlier in the day.

"You could see the helicopter burning, you could smell it. You could smell the paint burning on it. Me and my wife went home, which is right down the road the other way because they had people here," said Eugene Fisher, a Strange Creek resident.

Search crews ended their search around 11:30 p.m. and found no wreckage. 

"I mean, you're out there, looking for something trying to save a life or whatever and you're in the woods and you can't find anything. Yeah, it's very frustrating," said Roger Hall, assistant chief of the Servia Volunteer Fire Department.

Officials said search crews may begin another search Wednesday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board said they have no knowledge of any downed or missing aircraft.

UPDATE (6/30: 11:45 p.m.):

The search for a potentially downed aircraft has been called off Tuesday night, according to Braxton County officials.


Braxton County officials tell 12 News a search is underway for an unknown aircraft that has possibly gone down. The search is in the Frametown, Mill Run or Servia areas of Braxton County. 

The FAA or NTSB tell 12 News they have no knowledge of any down aircraft in the area.


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