Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Blue Grass Airport

A plane taking off from Blue Grass Airport reached its destination, hours after it was scheduled to land.

Express Jet flight 2274 first took off just before 6:30 Monday morning but quickly turned around and had to make an emergency landing.

Officials say the plane had maintenance problems shortly after taking off. Workers checked it out and cleared the plane to take off again.

Blue Grass Airport officials tell us these kinds of incidents are not that uncommon.

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  • by Janice Location: Houston on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    Yes, this is another media overblown story. Obviously the crew was demonstrating appropriate caution and concern for safety.
  • by Will Location: CL on Feb 4, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    What about Alert 4. That is when the flight attendant (insert what Andrew "Dice" Clay calls em) is so drunk she thretens the pilot!!!
  • by Shane Location: Frankfort on Feb 4, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    After working for 2 years in emergency services at a major international airport, I can tell you that emergency landings for minor engine or other plane problems is a very common occurrence. Most of the time, the passengers don't even know something happened. There are 3 stages of alerts in FAA terminology, Alert 1, Alert 2, and Alert 3. Alert 1 being a pilot requesting clearance for an emergency landing due to minor mechanical problems but no expectation or even consideration of a "crash landing". Alert 2 is a more complicated problem which may or may not cause a crash and all "equipment" is placed at the end of the runway to be prepared for the possibility of a crash (the light for landing gear not coming on, even though the gear is down, is an example of this). Alert 3 means a crash is imminent and all "equipment" rushes to standby positions to be ready to respond to the crash when it happens. In other words, this is not a big deal, probably an Alert 1 they wanted to check.


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