Updated: Monday, 04 Apr 2011, 10:48 AM MDT
Published : Saturday, 02 Apr 2011, 11:14 AM MDT
ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Federal officials are investigating a deadly plane crash at the Roswell International Air Center.
Roswell Police said the aircraft is a Gulfstream G650. It was on a test flight when it crash landed on Roswell's main runway. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the tip of the plane's right wing brushed the runway upon take off and when the pilot tried to recover, it's landing gear collapsed sending the plane skidding. The plane burst into flames just yards short of an air traffic control tower.
Gulfstream confirmed the pilot, co-pilot and two Gulfstream engineers were all killed. Lunsford said they all died on scene.
The airport was closed for several hours but has reopened. A flight coming into Roswell from Dallas, TX was diverted to Lubbock, TX. That flight returned to Roswell this afternoon.
No one else was aboard the test plane when it crashed. The company is based out of Georgia, but information about the victims has yet to be released.
The G650 is Gulfstream's newest luxury plane. The $60 million jets were set for delivery sometime next year.
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