Widow Says Pilots Don't Deserve All Blame In 5191 Crash

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky woman wants to prove
that her husband does not deserve all the blame for the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington two years ago.

Amy Clay filed a lawsuit last year against the federal government, the airport and the company that provided incorrect maps to the pilots.

Pilots Capt. Jeffrey Clay and First Officer James Polehinke have been largely blamed by investigators for the Aug. 27, 2006, crash that killed 49 people and severely injured Polehinke, the sole survivor.

Amy Clay told the Kentucky Enquirer in an interview just before the crash's anniversary that her husband was not perfect, but that he wasn't careless either. She thinks her husband was made a scapegoat to avoid addressing other flaws in aviation safety.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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  • by Elizabeth on Aug 31, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    It's easy to lay blame on the pilot in these cases. Yes it was his error but it was also the error of the traffic controllers who were over worked as well as the govt. As for Rob, I would like you to look at Mrs. Clay or any other persons family that was involved in a crash and say, "oh well he/she messed up!"
  • by garry Location: richmond on Aug 31, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    If the FAA had two controllers in that tower that day we would not have to be commenting about a crash in the frist place. It is never the federal goverments fault when anything happens too here them tell it. The controllers job is to make sure the plane taxies on to the right runway before they turn thier backs to do another job,the ONE in the in the tower that morning admitted to doing just that. So, because of his actions 49 of our friends and family are no longer with us.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2008 at 09:26 PM
    First of all he didn't mean for any of this to happen, and everything happens for a reason. he is dealing with emotions everyday of his life , and will continue to do so. so please just pray for these families and his family as well.
  • by Shauna Location: Lexington, ky on Aug 30, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    I think that Mrs. Clay and the Polehinke's have suffered enough. Let the airline, airport, and others deal with the rest of the blame. Just imagine how you'd feel if it were your husband/son/brother/father flying and this happened. They are sorry enough and have suffered plenty. Leave them alone.
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on Aug 30, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    They messed up ,all tey had to do is look at their controls and they would have known they were on the wrong runway!!!!! Sorry,he messed up !!!!
  • by Heather Location: central KY on Aug 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    I agree with Mrs. Clay. It doesn't appear her husband was the only factor in this deadly crash, yet the report did strongly suggest "pilot error" as main cause. It is unfortunate that this tragedy occurred, yet her lawsuit will most likely not change things. I am sure she feels she owes it to her late husband to do this, though, so I wish her closure and peace when the lawsuit is over, regardless of the outcome.


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