Crew escapes after cargo plane crash-lands in Lubbock

LUBBOCK - Both crew members aboard a FedEx cargo plane walked away early today after the plane crash-landed at Preston Smith International Airport.

Airport director James Loomis said both crew members were taken to a hospital. A supervisor at University Medical Center said the two were being evaluated, but no information on possible injuries was available. Their names have not been disclosed.

FedEx spokeswoman Sandra Munoz confirmed that the crew members were able to walk away from the crash site.

The crash happened just after 4:30 a.m. as the ATR-42 twin-turboprop aircraft was arriving from Fort Worth Alliance Airport in a freezing mist, airport officials said. The plane came down at the end of the runway, veered off and caught fire.

Loomis said the fire was quickly extinguished. Although Munoz said the plane skidded off the runway, Loomis said weather was not a factor in the crash.

The plane was operated by Empire Airways, which is based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and is under contract with Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp.