Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Search Called Off In Reported Plane Crash In Kanawha; Plane Lands Safely At Yeager Airport (KCRW), Charleston, West Virginia

Reported: Apr. 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT

Updated: Apr. 23, 2014 6:31 PM EDT

MARMET, W.Va. (Dan Matics, Jeff Morris) -- A search for a plane that some witnesses believed had crashed in the Marmet area has been called off.

Deputies said a plane disappeared off the radar Wednesday at Yeager Airport in Charleston. About the same time, witnesses reported seeing a small plane with a white cab and blue tail flying low in the Marmet area, and they believed it crashed near Turnpike Ford in the 7800 block of MacCorkle Avenue.

Rescuers later learned that the plane that disappeared off the radar at Yeager later landed safely at the airport.

West Virginia State Police had planned to take a helicopter up in the air to search for the plane, but all search efforts have now been called off.

MARMET, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy, Elizabeth Noreika, Jeff Morris) -- Kanawha County deputies said Wednesday they believe a plane that reportedly crashed is OK, but the search will continue as a precaution.

Deputies said a plane disappeared off the radar at Yeager Airport in Charleston. About the same time, witnesses reported seeing a small plane with a white cab and blue tail flying low in the Marmet area, and they believed it crashed near Turnpike Ford in the 7800 block of MacCorkle Avenue.

Rescuers later learned that the plane that disappeared off the radar at Yeager later landed safely at the airport.

West Virginia State Police still plan to take up a helicopter to conduct a search as a precaution.

MARMET, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy, Elizabeth Norekia, Jeff Morris) -- Metro 911 said witnesses reported Wednesday afternoon seeing a small plane with a white cab and a blue tail flying low and believed it crashed in the Marmet area.

Emergency responders were heading to the 7800 block of MacCorkle Avenue near Turnpike Ford to search for the possible crash.

The Marmet Fire Department reported in a Twitter post it is heading to the Rush Creek area.

West Virginia State Police plan to get a helicopter up in the air to assist in the search.

MARMET, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, Elizabeth Noreika) -- The Marmet Fire Department reports it is responding to a possible plane crash.

The fire department said in a Twitter post that it is heading toward an area in Rush Creek.

Metro 911 said a witness reported seeing a plane go down near Turnpike Ford in the 7800 block of MacCorkle Avenue.
 

MARMET, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Metro 911 said a search is under way after a witness reported seeing a plane go down in the 7800 block of MacCorkle Avenue.

The area is near Turnpike Ford in Marmet.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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Student pilot and three passengers die in plane crash in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – Four people were killed Wednesday when their small aircraft crashed and burst into flames near the western city of Gracias, Honduran authorities said.

The accident occurred the same day that President Juan Orlando Hernandez traveled to Gracias – his home town – to inaugurate a new airport.

“Deeply moved for the victims of the air accident, may the presence of God be a balm for their families in these difficult moments,” the president said on Twitter after learning of the crash.

Killed were student pilot Hamilton San Martin and all three passengers: Doris Guillen; Lilian Isabel Mondragon; and the second woman’s son, Franco Jose Diaz, fire rescue officials said.

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the accident, Honduras’ civil aviation director, Col. Jose Navarro, told reporters.

“The plane was not flying overloaded and we don’t know what happened,” he said.


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Braden Airpark (N43) to remain open for six months, if not longer

A local airport facing closure has gotten a reprieve – for now.

At Tuesday's board meeting, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority agreed to a six-month extension of the April 22 deadline for deciding Braden Airpark's future.

The airport, in Forks Township, is used by general aviation pilots and has been facing growing financial uncertainty. This year, the airport's estimated operational loss is $75,000, said Charles Everett, executive director of Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

The board agreed to set up an ad hoc committee to look at all possible options, Everett said.

"Braden Airpark has to break even," Everett said. Alternatives include selling the land and keeping it as an airport or distributing the expense of operating Braden over three airports, which would include Queen City Airport in Allentown and Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

"It's under consideration, and we'll look at it some more," Everett said. "We evaluated it and we made some recommendations. We will work diligently so we can make a decision in six months."


Source:  http://www.lvb.com