Skip to comments.Plane Crashes in Lexington
Posted on 08/27/2006 4:38:10 AM PDT by BigBlueJonEdited on 08/27/2006 5:02:21 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Possible plane crash in Lexington, KY. My brother works security for Lexington UK Hospital and was just called in. No news locally or on major news outlets yet. I didn't want to post anything for fear of being wrong, but he's still waiting for an official call while on stand-by.
Update from WTVQ 36 Lexington:
A plane has crashed near the Blue Grass Airport this morning. No word on details at this time. We are told it was a commercial aircraft. Versailles Road is blocked as emergency vehicles circle around the site. We have live coverage beginning at 7:20am. Stay with Action News 36 for more details.
We drive past that airport on the way to visit family each summer. Beautiful area...rolling hills, sprawling horse farms...very nice.
8/26 is only 3500 ft. That's actually not too much room for a fully-loaded CRJ. In fact, it's doubtful that a safe takeoff could be executed since the the MTOW runway length is 5800 ft for the CRJ-200. My question is why was takeoff not aborted once the pilots realized they were running out of room, instead of forcing the a/c into the sky before reaching Vr.
County coroner reporting that there was a "very hot fire" and he assumes most of the deaths were fire related.
I would move there in a hearbeat. Simply God's country!
I understand this flight was the first operation (departure)of the day a LEX. Possible FOD and/or bird ingestion.
Yeah, it crashed short of Versailles Road, directly in-line with the end of runway 26.
It looks more and more like a mistake.
I am wondering why there are not more survivors as the plane it reported to be intact. Doors should have been popped open, unless impact jammed all doors.
I'm from Philadelphia and if I moved anywhere into the south, it would be there.
I was there in that general area just yesterday. Yes, it's very beautiful.
With only 3500 feet, they may not have realized their mistake until it was way too late. Maybe they were right at takeoff speed and figured they could nurse it into the air, or they may not have even known until they saw the markings at the other end of the runway.
I'm wondering if the tower at LEX is even manned at 6:00 am local on a Sunday.
ComAir is holding the news briefing now.
Some moron reporter blabbing loudly IN SPANISH in the background of the news conference.
Cleveland here. My daughter did a chruch mission trip in a little town near Lexington. We picked her up and couldn't believe how beautiful the area is. Too bad we are not into horses!
Airport rep being interviewed on MSNBC stated that it was a twenty-four hour tower.
I doubt that they were very close to their calculated rotation speed. I'd hate to speculate since obviously I don't have any information on the weight and balance of the a/c.
Wromg runway used, described as follows. (Draw your own conclusions but, either a stall or clipping an obstruction may very well be determined!
KLEX (Lexington, KY):
Dimensions: 3500 x 75 ft. / 1067 x 23 m
Surface: asphalt/concrete, in poor condition
CONC IS SEVERELY CRACKED.
Weight bearing capacity: Single wheel: 12500 lbs
Runway edge lights: medium intensity
MIRL RY 08/26 OTS INDEFLY.
RUNWAY 8 RUNWAY 26
Latitude: 38-02.339143N 38-02.433593N
Longitude: 084-36.574985W 084-35.855642W
Elevation: 969.5 ft. 972.6 ft.
Gradient: 0.3 0.3
Traffic pattern: left left
Runway heading: 085 magnetic, 081 true 265 magnetic, 261 true
Markings: basic, in fair condition basic, in fair condition
Runway end identifier lights: yes
REIL OTS INDEFLY.
Touchdown point: yes, no lights yes, no lights
Obstructions: 25 ft. tree, 400 ft. from runway, 150 ft. right of centerline, 8:1 slope to clear 17 ft. pole, 552 ft. from runway, 39 ft. left of centerline, 20:1 slope to clear
From the MSNBC pictures, it does not appear that the jet skidded off the end of the runway. It looks like a field and barn are in the line with the runway.
Therefore, it seems like they got airborne and were unable to climb out, perhaps hitting trees or a hill.
Has anyone seen video of the actual crashed plane itself yet? Hard to believe the local television station doesn't have a helicopter overhead delivering live video of the wreckage.
Guess I'm too used to living in a major market.