Two die in plane crash at West Virginia airport, officials say

May 5 (Reuters) - Two people died when an incoming cargo plane swerved off the runway at a West Virginia airport and went over a hillside, officials said on Friday.

The two were the only people on board the jet that crashed at Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia, said Bill Carpenter, spokesman for Kanawha County Emergency Medical Services.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

The aircraft was operated by United Parcel Service Inc and was attempting to land after flying from Louisville, Kentucky, local media reported. UPS officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper declared a state of emergency following the accident and had asked drivers to avoid any roads in the area.

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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