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Yeager Airport making accommodations for flights, crews

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With flights heading into Charleston's Yeager Airport, accommodations had to be made for the flight crews headed into an area under a State of Emergency, which had the potential to effect flight plans for many people flying in and out of the state's capital city.

Because of a chemical spill into the Elk River discovered Jan. 9, West Virginia American Water Company customers in nine counties, including the Kanawha Valley, have been ordered to not drink – or even wash or bathe in – the water.

According to Yeager Airport spokesman Brian Belcher, only one flight has been affected.

The scheduled 6:30 a.m. US Airways flight Saturday, Jan. 11 to Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National (DCA) from Yeager Airport (CRW) has been canceled.

"It was the only flight affected because we were able to accommodate our other flight crews," Belcher said. "We have between eight and 10 crews staying in unaffected areas."

Most flight crews consist of three people, though Belcher said that one crew is a five-person team.

"As the situation goes on, we'll evaluate on a daily basis," he added.

Belcher suggested checking every flight status on the airport website – - or by staying abreast of any flight changes on the airport's social media platforms - @yeagerairport on Twitter and by searching "Yeager Airport" and liking its page on Facebook.

"We keep those up to date on a regular basis," Belcher said.

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