FedEx ATR-42 catches fire after runway excursion at Lubbock

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FedEx has confirmed that an ATR-42 operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines and flying for FedEx as a cargo feeder flight was involved in a runway excursion at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Texas early this morning.

The twin-engine turboprop was enroute from the Fort Worth-Alliance Airport, also in Texas.

According to reports from the scene, the aircraft landed in a freezing mist around 0430 and departed the side of the runway, catching fire. The airport was initially closed as first responders extinguished the fire, but has since been reopened.

A FedEx spokesman says the pilots walked away from the crash.

According to Flight's ACAS database, Empire flies 50 aircraft, including six ATR-42 freighters and two ATR-72 freighters.