Franklin County

Plane crashes at Frankfort airport

A plane crashed Thursday morning at Capital City Airport. in Frankfort.
A plane crashed Thursday morning at Capital City Airport. in Frankfort. Cindy Brown

A plane crashed at Capital City Airport in Frankfort Thursday, injuring two, according to airport and fire department personnel.

Frankfort Fire Department Chief Wayne Briscoe said a small plane ran off the runway at the airport around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Two people were on board the plane and had minor injuries, Briscoe said. Neither was transported to the hospital, he said.

Naitore Djigbenou, the director of public affairs for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said the plane was a private twin-engine aircraft from Lexington that was landing in Frankfort for instructional training.

The registered owner of the crashed plane is NexGen Aircraft Leasing, LLC, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The address attached to the registration is in Wilmington, Del., but there is a flight school called NexGen Aviation, LLC, in Lexington.

The NexGen Aviation flight school has a Beechcraft Duchess multi-engine plane listed on their website with the same tail number as the crashed plane, N7KY. The plane has an hourly rental rate of $280, according to the school’s website.

The plane was manufactured in 1979, according to its FAA registration.

A photo of the crash submitted to the Herald-Leader shows a small fire and heavy black smoke. The plane was resting upright in a grass field.

Djigbenou called it a “very rare occurrence” for a plane to crash. The airport hosts 53 takeoffs and landings per day, she said.

Briscoe did not know if a student or teacher was landing the plane. He said the student had several hours of flight time and the crash “was a shake up for him.”

The cause of the crash hasn’t been determined. The crash is being investigated.

Mike Stunson covers breaking news and real-time news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and He is a 2011 Western Kentucky University graduate who has previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter.