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The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team to investigate yesterday's crash of an ATR-42 operated by Empire Airlines for FedEx. The plane crashed on approach to Lubbock, Texas. The two crewmembers survived.
At about 5:00 a.m. CST Tuesday, January 27, 2009, Empire Airlines flight 8284, operating a FedEx-owned ATR-42 (N902FX), crashed 300 feet short of the threshold while on an Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach to Runway 17 at Lubbock International Airport, Lubbock, Texas. The plane was arriving from Fort Worth, Texas. The aircraft was destroyed by crash forces and a post-impact fire.
Weather at the time was reported as overcast ceiling at 500 feet above ground level, visibility 2 miles with light freezing drizzle and mist, and wind 020 degrees at 11 knots.
The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be removed from the wreckage and shipped to the NTSB's laboratories in Washington, D.C.
Senior Air Safety Investigator Leah Yeager is the Investigator-in-Charge of the NTSB team. Joining the investigation are representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration; FedEx; Empire Airlines; the French aviation accident investigative authority, the BEA; Avions de Transport Regional (ATR); and Pratt & Whitney Engines.
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