Curious? Ask Chris: Did a plane crash behind Headliners Music Ha - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Curious? Ask Chris: Did a plane crash behind Headliners Music Hall years ago?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)-- In a jungle of brush and twisted trees, and in an area that looks like a remote part of Fantasy Island is a deserted plane.

It's lodged in a cliff  far away from any ocean. It's located just behind Headliners Music Hall on Lexington Road.

Olivia wants to know how it got there. 

She's not the only one who has wondered.

"A lot of them do ask the question-- what's going on with the plane?" explained John Grantz  from Headliners.

He was there the day it happened.

"The pilot was on final approach from Standiford Field," he explained.

Something went wrong. The plane went down.

"He (the pilot) got out of the plane. He was okay. Nobody was hurt, but he decided-- what a great place for a bar.  So he decided to open up Cliffhangers," Grantz explained.

That's the legend that probably "took off" from a few drinks.

The real story, Cliffhangers was a bar that opened above Distillery Commons. 

"It was a great little open spaced venue up there," Grantz said.

It's owners and promoters went to new heights to attract patrons.

"What they ended up doing was getting a hull of a plane from a salvage yard in southern Indiana, transporting it down here, getting a crane, lifting it up, putting it on a support beam in there, and then tying it down with aircraft cables," he said.

It served them well for a good five years, that is until the bar had its last call back in the mid 90s. 

Unlike the watering hole, the plane never got scheduled to leave the gate.

"It will rust before it falls, I believe," said Grantz.

Today it serves as a graffiti magnet, but more importantly a memory for all those people who enjoyed a drink up on the cliff.

Thanks for the question Olivia, and next time you're curious, just ask Chris. 

Here's his info: 
Email: csutter@wdrb.com
Twitter: @csutter
Facebook: Search for Chris Sutter's fan page

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