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Search Called Off In Reported Plane Crash In Kanawha; Plane Lands Safely At Yeager

Reported: Apr. 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT
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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.

Rick Atkinson, the director of Yeager, said it is not uncommon for small aircrafts to disappear off radar as they make the approach to land.

"Especially in the terrain we are in,” he said. “Radar is line of sight."

Atkinson said there also was a large airbus in the area making a sharp turn. He said that could have caused confusion.




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.

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






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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