Blue Grass Airport (IATA: LEX, ICAO: KLEX, FAALID: LEX) is a public airport in Fayette County, Kentucky, 4 miles west of Lexington. The main terminal building was opened in 1977. The airport covers 911 acres (3.69 km2) and has two runways. It is home to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. On April 18, 2007, Blue Grass Airport opened an extension of Concourse B, adding six boarding gates with 4 new jetways. On August 4, 2010 a new 4,000 foot runway, 9/27, opened replacing the previous 3,500 foot runway, 8/26. In 2012, 1,100,801 passengers departed or arrived at Blue Grass Airport.
December 5, 1987: After suffering an in-flight engine fire en route from Dallas, Texas to New York, the flight crew of a Hawker Siddeley HS.125business jet, registration number N400PH, touched down short of the runway while attempting an emergency landing at Blue Grass Airport. The jet crossed a highway and struck an automobile, utility poles, and 2 fences, killing the pilot and co-pilot, and injuring both passengers in the aircraft and 2 people in the automobile. The accident was attributed to the crew's inadvertent retraction of the aircraft's flaps, causing the jet to suddenly lose altitude.
November 1993: The flight crew of an unidentified commercial jet at Blue Grass Airport was cleared for takeoff on Runway 22 but mistakenly lined up at the shorter Runway 26 instead. Tower personnel noticed the mistake and cancelled the aircraft's takeoff clearance just as the crew realized their error. The aircraft subsequently made a safe departure from Runway 22.
August 30, 2002: A Learjet 35C, registration number N45CP, overran Runway 4 on landing, killing 1 passenger and seriously injuring 4 other occupants of the aircraft. The accident was attributed to the pilot's application of additional forward thrust after failing to properly deploy the jet's thrust reversers.
March 25, 2009: A Cessna 182, registration number N4871N, crashed 3 mi (5 km) west of Blue Grass Airport, killing the pilot and sole occupant. The pilot apparently became disoriented during the landing approach after losing electrical power in densely clouded IFR conditions, but the cause of the crash had not been positively determined as of September 2009.
March 25, 2010: A medical helicopter, Eurocopter EC135, had to make an emergency landing at Blue Grass Airport on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. The chopper, with a patient on board, skidded to a stop along a grassy area next to a runway after one engine lost power. There were no reports of injuries, but emergency vehicles flooded the area moments after the helicopter landed.
January 12, 2011: Blue Grass Airport in Lexington was on alert Wednesday morning after a that plane had to be turned around due to a cracked windshield. US Airways Flight 3792 from Lexington to Charlotte was supposed to leave Blue Grass Airport at 6:50 a.m., but was delayed to 9 a.m. and was in the air around 9:20 a.m. About 10 minutes later, the plane had to be immediately turned around because of a cracked windshield. Passengers got back to the airport safety and a spokesperson for the airline says the crack appears to have made it through the outer most layer, one of several layers. One passenger described it as a big crack, a significant crack and looked like a spider web. The airline says the damaged was contained to one side where the first officer sits. The airline says the flight was canceled, and that the plane will have to be repaired and all the passengers will be re-booked on other flights. Blue Grass Airport officials say the incident did not disrupt any other flights.
March 9, 2011: NASCAR driver Greg Biffle and two others were unhurt after the landing gear of the private plane, Hawker Aircraft, they were flying collapsed as the plane landed at Blue Grass Airport Wednesday, March 9, 2011, morning. The incident happened at about 11 a.m. According to a release on www.nascar.com, a mechanical failure during the landing caused the airplane to skid to a stop on the runway, which is the main runway at the airport. The plane was en route to Lexington from Statesville, North Carolina. Officials said the main runway would remain closed until the plane and any debris is removed. Officials say another runway is available, 09/27, for use until the main runway is cleared.
March 9, 2011: For the second time in one day, emergency crews rolled out to the main runway at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, an Atlantic Southeast AirlinesBombardier regional jet flying for Delta Connection made an emergency landing in Lexington. The plane carried 38 people, including the entire football coaching staff from Marshall University. The jet was supposed to land in Charleston, W. Va., but passengers say there were indications that the front landing gear wouldn't come down. The flight crew told passengers the aircraft diverted to Lexington because Blue Grass Airport has a longer runway. When it was time to land, the landing gear came down just fine. "Well, there was a lot of confidence in the pilots. You know, there was no fear, or anything like that. There wasn't any panic. The airline did a great job," Mike Cassity, a passenger on the plane, said. Earlier in the day, emergency crews at the airport rushed out when the landing gear collapsed on one side of a private jet carrying NASCAR driver Greg Biffle during landing. There were no injuries in either incident. The Marshall coaches were reportedly on their way back from trips to Mississippi State and Texas Christian University. Back in 1970, a plane carrying most of the Marshall football team, eight coaches and 25 boosters crashed on the way home from a game against East Carolina, killing everybody on board.