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Cargo Plane Crashes, Killing Six

MONDAY, DEC. 23, 1996

A DC-8 cargo plane crashed Sunday in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, and the air freight company said all six people aboard were killed.

The plane went down in freezing rain, in rugged terrain near the West Virginia line. State police said only that there was no sign of survivors.

“All we know is that there’s not a lot left,” state police Sgt. David Shaver said of the wreckage found scattered over 3,500 feet.

The plane belonged to Airborne Express’ subsidiary ABX Air, based in Wilmington, Ohio, said Jennifer Peacor, a spokeswoman for Airborne Express in Seattle. She said all six people aboard were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board was sending a team of investigators to the crash site, but they were not expected to arrive until Monday, said NTSB spokeswoman Shelly Hazle.

Stan Akers, one of the first people on the scene of the crash on East River Mountain, said only fragments of the aircraft were left.



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