In the category of things that utterly suck, a plane crashed taking off from Lexington, KY yesterday, killing 49 of 50 people aboard the craft. It looks like the plane may have gone down the shorter runway:
Of the two runways at Blue Grass Airport, the main is 7,001 feet long, with 600 feet of safety area on each end. The general-aviation runway is 3,500 feet. The main runway was completely repaved last weekend. The only construction last week on the smaller runway was to tie it in to the main runway, according to airport officials.
I’ve got family in Lexington, but no one was flying that day. Names are starting to trickle out now. Lexington feels like a big city sometimes, but there’s only about 250,000 residents, so this is going to hit the city hard and leave long memories.