Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 10, 2014

No water due to W.Va. spill affects airlines


Associated Press

CHARLESTON —  A ban on water usage because of a chemical spill is affecting airlines serving Yeager Airport in Charleston.

Yeager spokesman Bryan Belcher said Friday that a USAirways flight from Charlotte, N.C., was cancelled overnight because its crew couldn’t take showers.

Belcher says airport officials have notified airlines of the problem so they can make contingency plans.

Airport executive director Rick Atkinson says the airport is working with the airlines to find alternative housing for overnight flight crews.

Atkinson says the airport is open and operational.

After the Thursday spill from Freedom Industries hit the Elk River, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered customers of West Virginia American Water in nine counties not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.

The order remains in effect.