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7 Hurt in Plane Crash in West Va.

April 18, 1999

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) _ A private jet crashed upon landing Saturday in high winds at Raleigh County Memorial Airport, injuring seven people aboard, three critically.

The jet skidded off a runway and tumbled down a 150-foot cliff about 3:45 p.m. Rescue crews had to rappel down a cliff to free those trapped in the wreckage.

Wind gusts up to 25 mph were reported in the area at the time, the National Weather Service said.

The jet, with eight aboard, was carrying members of a local civil engineering firm from a meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla., to Beckley, about 55 miles southeast of Charleston.

One person walked away from the crash.

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