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Crashed FedEx plane operated by CdA company

A FedEx ATR-42 twin turboprop cargo plane sits off the runway at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport on Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2009. The landing FedEx cargo plane operated by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based Empire Airways veered off the runway, crashed and caught fire. Both crew members walked away from the plane.  (Associated Press)
A FedEx ATR-42 twin turboprop cargo plane sits off the runway at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport on Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2009. The landing FedEx cargo plane operated by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based Empire Airways veered off the runway, crashed and caught fire. Both crew members walked away from the plane. (Associated Press)

LUBBOCK, Texas — Officials say a FedEx cargo plane landing at a Lubbock, Texas, airport veered off the runway, crashed and caught fire, but that both crew members walked away from the plane.

The plane was operated by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based Empire Airways under contract with Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp.

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport director James Loomis says the ATR-42 twin-turboprop aircraft landed just after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. He says crews extinguished the fire quickly.

The plane landed in a freezing mist, but Loomis says weather was not a factor in the incident.

A supervisor at University Medical Center in Lubbock said the two crew members were being evaluated.



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