5 dead, 2 injured in Ruidoso plane crash
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - At least five people are dead and two others have been airlifted to El Paso hospitals after a twin-engine airplane apparently overshot a runway and crashed at an airport in south-central New Mexico.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the survivors appeared to be teenagers. He says the FAA is still trying to determine the plane's route before the 10 a.m. MDT crash at Sierra Blanca Regional Airport, just outside Ruidoso, N.M.
No flight plan was filed for Thursday but the pilot received a weather briefing yesterday for flight conditions between Cleburne, Texas, and Ruidoso.
Lunsford says the Cessna 310 was registered to an owner in Granbury, Texas. The tail number shows the airplane belongs to Rod Aviation. Cleburne city spokesman Charlie Hodges said the aircraft had stopped Thursday morning in the Texas community, located about 25 miles south of Fort Worth.
The plane landed at 8:08 a.m. CDT in Cleburne, where two women and three children boarded. The aircraft departed two minutes later, but Hodges said he didn't know where it was going.