NTSB To Release Final Report in Crash of Comair Flight 5191

WASHINGTON (AP) - Numerous liability lawsuits stemming from last
summer's crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Kentucky may hinge on where
the National Transportation Safety Board lays blame.

Federal investigators also were expected to recommend ways to
prevent such accidents. Interim findings by the NTSB, which was
scheduled to discuss the accident at a meeting Thursday, focused on
how the jetliner ended up on a runway too short for takeoff by
commercial aircraft.

Forty-nine of the 50 people aboard died in the crash on Aug. 27,
2006, at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.

No witnesses were expected to be called at the NTSB meeting, and
the only discussion planned was to be between the five board
members and their staff.

Commuter airline Comair has acknowledged at least some
culpability. Pilots violated cockpit rules about extraneous
conversation as they were going through their preflight checklist
and may have been distracted as they steered the jet in the
pre-dawn darkness onto the wrong runway.

Unclear, however, is whether anyone beyond Comair will share
blame from the government.

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