Federal investigators will determine if Tuesday's icy weather contributed to a FedEx cargo plane crash early Tuesday morning at Lubbock Preston-Smith International Airport. Just to give folks a perspective of how close the wreckage is to Interstate 27, the FedEx facility runs right alongside the east side of the interstate. The wreckage is about a mile east of that.
Amazingly, two pilots walked away from the inferno before flames consumed the aircraft. The FedEx cargo plane crashed just after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday while attempting to land at Lubbock Preston-Smith International Airport. Planes typically touch down about 1,000 feet into the runway, before coming to a peaceful stop. Airport Director James Loomis says the cargo plane never made it that far, and crashed between 200-300 feet before the runway. "As far as the airport goes, conditions were acceptable," Loomis said.
The crash caused delays throughout the day. Airport administrators estimate the delays affected around 700 people. Southwest Airlines canceled afternoon and evening flights, leaving 538 folks without a way out of the hub city. "The plane crash had a great deal to do with the delays this morning getting out. As a matter of fact it had everything to do with the delays and that rippled through the system," Loomis said.
NTSB Investigators will come to Lubbock from Denver and Washington D.C. Loomis tells NewsChannel 11 that he expects them to arrive sometime Wednesday morning.
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