UPDATE, 11 A.M. MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Blue Grass Airport is ow home to about 60 T-6 Texan II Air Force training planes that have bee evacuated from a Florida base in advance of Tropical Storm Laura.
“The aircraft that had the landing gear issue last night is now approximately one of 60+ planes that have come up to our airport from a military training base in Florida,” Blue Grass spokesperson Amy Caudill said referring to a plane that made an emergency landing Sunday night.
The planes will return to Florida once the storm has cleared the area of their base.
ORIGINAL STORY 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A small military training plane evacuating Florida ahead of two approaching tropical storms, landed safely at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport Sunday night after having landing gear problems, according to the airport.
The airport says the pilot indicated he couldn’t get the plane’s landing gear down.
Emergency personnel and vehicles from the airport and the Lexington Fire Department responded to the runway.
The airport says the pilot eventually was able to manually get the landing gear down and landed safely. The pilot wasn’t hurt. He was the only person on the plane.
The plane is a T-6 Texas II.
*Note: The image of the plane that accompanies this story is the same model airplane, not the actual aircraft that landed safely at Blue Grass Airport.