Regional
3:27 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Fatal Ruidoso Plane Crash

Ruidoso – Authorities say at least five people are dead and two others are injured after a twin-engine plane overshot a runway while landing and crashed at a regional airport in south-central New Mexico.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said he did not have information on the flight plan for the Cessna 310, but he confirmed it was registered to an owner in Granbury, Texas. The tail number shows the airplane belongs to Rod Aviation.

State police Lt. Eric Garcia confirmed five people were killed in Thursday's crash at Sierra Blanca Regional Airport just outside of the mountain community of Ruidoso, and two others were pulled from the wreckage and taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Lunsford said the plane's passengers appear to be related, and the two survivors are teenagers.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.