Fedex Plane skids off runway in Lubbock, TX

CNN is reporting that a Fedex Plane skidded off the runway in Lubbock, TX. I think this is the flight: … /KAFW/KLBB

Lubbock, Texas - NewsChannel 11 is continuing to follow a developing sitation at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, where a plane crashed Tuesday at approximately 4:40 a.m. in a freezing mist.

The airplane is reportedly a FedEx ATR-42, which is a cargo twin-turboprop aircraft. Officials say the plane originated at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and came down in Lubbock at the end of the runway, veered off and caught fire.

Airport officials say the weather was not a factor in the crash.

Airport first responders are joined by the Lubbock Police and Fire Departments. Firefighters are continuing to monitor hot spots.

FedEx officials say both pilots are safe, but were taken to the hospital for a complete evaluation.

The aircraft is reportedly between the taxiway and a runway.

Runways are closed, due to icy conditions. De-icing is currently underway.

A news conference is scheduled for 8:00 a.m.

Continuing coverage on NewsChannel 11 and, as details become available.

Here’s the CNN News Link

Thank God the crew is fine. It sucks getting bad press like this.