Tue, Jan 27, 2009
Pilots Escape Serious Injury In Early AM Incident
Two pilots were hospitalized but reported safe after their
ATR-42 turboprop aircraft landed short of runway 17R Tuesday
morning at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB) in
CNN reports the aircraft -- operated by Empire Airways, a cargo
feeder carrier for FedEx -- came down short of the runway at 4:37
am CST Tuesday. The aircraft then apparently bounced, impacted the
runway surface and then skidded off the side of the pavement.
The aircraft came to rest on the grass separating the runway
from the taxiway, leaning on its right wing. A small fire broke out
but was quickly contained, airport officials said.
Freezing rain was in the area at the time of the accident, and
there are reports the aircraft was landing with a fairly strong
tailwind of around 20 knots. There has been no comment from Empire
or FedEx about what might have led to the accidents
KCDB-11 in Lubbock reports one of the pilots, a 52 year-old male
from Portland, OR, remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition.
A 26 year-old woman from Tacoma, WA was treated and released.
The flight was inbound to LBB from Fort Worth Alliance Airport
(AFW). Subsequent FedEx cargo flights to the area were rerouted to
Albuquerque, NM, where Empire flies regional freight using Cessna
C208B Super Cargomasters.
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