Blue Grass Airport

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Blue Grass Airport
Blue Grass Airport Logo.svg
IATA: LEXICAO: KLEXFAA LID: LEX
KLEX is located in Kentucky
KLEX
KLEX
Location of Bluegrass Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board
Operator Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board
Serves Lexington, Kentucky
Location Fayette County
Elevation AMSL 979 ft / 298 m
Coordinates 38°02′11″N 084°36′21″W / 38.03639°N 84.60583°W / 38.03639; -84.60583
Website www.bluegrassairport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,004 2,135 Asphalt
9/27 4,000 1,219 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 66,728
Based aircraft 102
Passengers 1,100,801
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Blue Grass Airport (IATA: LEXICAO: KLEXFAA LID: 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.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach (begins May 29, 2014)[3]
B
AmericanConnection Chicago-O'Hare (ends June 10, 2014) A
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta B
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, Washington-National B
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental A
US Airways Express Charlotte, Philadelphia (begins June 5, 2014)[4] B

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from LEX (April 2012-March 2013)[5]
Rank City Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) 139,460 Delta, Delta Connection
2 Charlotte, NC Charlotte/Douglass International (CLT) 79,290 US Airways Express
3 Chicago, IL Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 73,350 United Express, American Eagle
4 Detroit, MI Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) 64,410 Delta Connection
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) 36,360 American Eagle
6 Orlando, FL Orlando Sanford International (SFB) 30,350 Allegiant
7 Punta Gorda, FL Punta Gorda (PGD) 19,710 Allegiant
8 St. Petersburg, FL St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) 17,760 Allegiant
9 Fort Lauderdale, FL Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) 13,800 Allegiant
10 Orlando, FL Orlando International (MCO) 13,160 Allegiant

Incidents and Accidents[edit]

  • 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.125 business 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.[6][7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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 Airlines Bombardier 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.

Popular culture[edit]

Blue Grass Field was Auric Goldfinger's flight destination in the James Bond film Goldfinger.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for LEX (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 6/27/2013. Retrieved 2013-07-19
  2. ^ 2012 Passenger Statistics Bluegrass Airport. Retrieved 2013-07-08
  3. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/2014/03/04/3120559/allegiant-to-add-flights-to-myrtle.html
  4. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/2014/03/06/3124785/us-airways-adds-service-between.html
  5. ^ Lexington, KY: Blue Grass (LEX) RITA. Retrieved 2013-07-19
  6. ^ "NTSB Probable Cause Report ATL88MA053". National Traffic Safety Board. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  7. ^ Staff writers (1987-12-06). "2 Killed, 4 Injured in Kentucky Plane Crash". The Dallas Morning News. 
  8. ^ "NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System report #256788". NASA. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  9. ^ "NTSB Probable Cause Report NYC02FA177". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2006-08-27. 
  10. ^ "NTSB Preliminary Report ERA09FA215". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  11. ^ Goldfinger Script - transcript from the screenplay and/or James Bond movie

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