At Least 5 Dead, 2 Hurt in Southern New Mexico Plane Crash

Staff Report
The Associated Press

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - At least five people were killed and two others injured Thursday when a twin-engine Texas-owned airplane apparently overshot a runway while landing and crashed at a regional airport near Ruidoso in south-central New Mexico.

The survivors, who appeared to be teenagers, were airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas.

The six-seat Cessna 310 was registered to an owner in Granbury, Texas. The tail number shows the airplane belongs to Rod Aviation.

Cessna Pilots Association executive director John Frank says a Cessna 310 has room for six people with a luggage compartment toward the rear. He says the only way seven passengers can fit into the aircraft is when one or more are under the age of two - what pilots consider "an infant in arms."