08/29/2002 11:00PM

Plane crashes near Keeneland


A private airplane attempting to land Friday afternoon at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., apparently overshot the runway and crashed through a fence, coming to rest on Versailles Road just outside the Man o' War Road gate at Keeneland Race Course.

At least one person died, while the four other people aboard, including the pilot of the 10- or 12-seat Lear 35 jet that was being utilized as an air ambulance, were transported to a local hospital. The fatality was an elderly woman who was believed to own residences in Lexington and Florida, according to Lexington fire officials.

The accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern when the landing gear on the plane apparently failed. The cabin was intact, but the tail section was badly damaged, and the plane caught on fire, according to one news report.

Besides the pilot and three surviving passengers, whose conditions were not immediately known, at least three other people also were hospitalized: two men who assisted the crash victims, and a man whose truck apparently was struck by the plane. Their injuries were not believed to be serious.