Regional
11:59 am
Sat June 19, 2010

Feds Investigate Plane Crash

Ruidoso – Federal investigators have arrived in New Mexico to inspect the wreckage of a plane crash that left five dead and two more injured.

An initial review indicates the plane's left wing tip touched the ground, starting the aircraft in a cartwheel as it crashed a quarter-mile short of the runway near Ruidoso on Thursday.

The five killed were from two well-known families in the small Texas town of Granbury. The town's mayor calls it a "tragic loss" for the community.

A memorial is growing at the home of middle school coach Karl Lowell Richey, who was on the flight to take his mother's remains to New Mexico. He and his wife were killed, but their two sons survived the crash and remain hospitalized in El Paso.

Rodney Duree (doo-REE'), who offered to fly the Richeys, his wife and their 11-year-old son were also killed.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.