Saturday, May 19, 2018

Endeavor Air on behalf of Delta Air Lines, Canadair CL-600-2D24 Regional Jet CRJ-900LR, N916XJ: Incident occurred May 19, 2018 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A passenger jet ran off the runway Saturday afternoon at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. No injuries were reported.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Delta officials confirm the plane is a Bombardier CRJ-900 that seats 76 people. Officials say 73 passengers were on board along with four crew members. No injuries were reported.

Blue Grass Airport officials tell WKYT Delta Flight 3359 heading from Atlanta to Lexington went off the side of the runway into the grass. Officials say all passengers are accounted for, safe and taken to Terminal B.

Delta Airlines issued a statement about the incident:

“Upon landing in Lexington, KY., Endeavor Air flight 3359 from Atlanta, operating as Delta Connection, turned off the active runway and came to a stop in the grassy area between taxiways A2 and A1. Endeavor crew members made the decision to deplane customers through the main cabin door into the grass where buses took all on board to the terminal. We apologize to our customers impacted by this incident.”

Airport officials say Blue Grass Airport is open, but no flights are coming or going from the airport at this time. It's unknown how long flights will be delayed, but officials say it's because they have to move the plane from its current location.

“Heavy rain and low visibility may very well be a factor,” said WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey. “It was raining hard there from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Blue Grass Airport reported torrential rains around the time the plane skidded off the runway. More than one inch of rain fell in under an hour.”

Photos on social media show passengers from Delta flight 3359 from Atlanta to Lexington leaving the plane through its doorway.

According to the airport's flight status page, three outgoing flights have been canceled, and at least one arrival has been canceled. Several more flights are delayed.

Story and video:   http://www.wkyt.com

An airplane landing in Lexington veered off the runway at Blue Grass Airport and went into the grass, temporarily grounding flights in and out of the airport.

The flight from Atlanta to Lexington reported no injuries in connection with the incident on Saturday afternoon. It was Endeavor Air flight 3359, operating as Delta Connection, according to an Endeavor Air spokesman. 

The plane "turned off the active runway and came to a stop in the grassy area between taxiways A2 and A1," spokesman Dave Sniadak wrote in an email. 

Customers exited the plane through the main cabin door into grass, he said.

All passengers on the flight were then brought back to the terminal on a shuttle bus and have reconnected with their luggage, airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill said.

The plane was a 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-900 with 73 customers and four crew members on board. Endeavor Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines. 

Original article ➤ https://www.courier-journal.com

A Delta passenger plane ran off the runway Saturday afternoon at Blue Grass Airport following heavy rain. 

The CRJ-900 plane flying from Atlanta to Lexington slid off the runway at 1:30 p.m.

None of the 73 passengers and four crew members were injured, Delta's subsidiary, Endeavor Air, said in a statement.

Passengers were transported via shuttle to the airport terminal and were being reunited with their luggage Saturday afternoon, said Amy Caudill, marketing and community relations director for Blue Grass Airport.

One Twitter user said the plane skidded off the runway into a ditch, but "the pilot did a great job keeping us from sliding into the oncoming trees/intersection."

The aircraft being stuck in the grass forced cancellations for departing flights. According to the airport's flight status website, today's American Airlines flights to Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte were canceled, as of 3 p.m. Other flights have been delayed.

WKYT meteorologist Chris Bailey said the airport reported torrential rains around the time the plane reportedly skidded. More than one inch of water fell in under an hour, he said.

Endeavor Air released a statement Saturday afternoon, saying, “Upon landing in Lexington, KY., Endeavor Air flight 3359 from Atlanta, operating as Delta Connection, turned off the active runway and came to a stop in the grassy area between taxiways A2 and A1. Endeavor crew members made the decision to deplane customers through the main cabin door into the grass where buses took all on board to the terminal. We apologize to our customers impacted by this incident.”

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kentucky.com

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