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.