Plane carrying UPS packages crashes at Hastings airport
A twin-engine plane battling high-winds crash landed at the Hastings airport Friday morning.
Hastings Police said the Air Ameriflight plane was carrying UPS packages. The crash was reported at 7:49 Friday morning. Neither the pilot nor a passenger in the plane were injured.
Hastings Police said the pilot was flying in from the southwest and skidded off one runway, across another runway and stopped just off the second runway. The plane's front landing gear broke off. The plane came to rest nose down.
When rescue workers arrived at the scene, they saw smoke coming from the plane's engine compartment, but saw no visible flames.
The names of the pilot and passenger were not available.
Online records from the FlightAware tracking service indicate that the flight took off from Omaha shortly before 7:00 Friday morning. Online FAA records show that the plane was a multi-engine turbo-prop Beech C-99 registered to UAS Transervices of Boca Raton, FL.
As of Friday morning the Hastings airport was closed and authorities were waiting for Federal Aviation Administration investigators to arrive.
Photos courtesy Hastings police department.