Comair Claims FAA Negligent In Deadly Lexington Plane Crash

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Comair has sued the federal government. The airline says the Federal Aviation Administration was negligent in having only one air traffic controller on duty when a plane crashed last year in Lexington. The crash killed 49 people. Comair filed the suit today.

The suit says the United States government breached its duty to control taxiing and departing aircraft at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport.

The crash happened August 27th after the plane mistakenly turned onto a 35-hundred-foot runway in the dark, struggled to get airborne and went down in a field. Co-pilot James Polehinke was the only survivor.

An airport repaving project one week before changed the taxi route leading to the seven-thousand-foot main runway that Comair Flight 51-91 should have used.

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