NTSB Says Pilot Error Caused Crash That Killed 49

WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety investigators say failure by Comair pilots to notice clues they were headed down the wrong runway was the primary cause of last summer's deadly plane crash in Lexington that killed 49 people.

The National Transportation Safety Board deliberated all day on the cause of the August 27th crash of Comair Flight 5191. The commuter plane tried to depart from the wrong runway which was too short for a commercial jet.

Board members considered listing errors by the air traffic controller as a contributing cause but ultimately pinned most blame on the pilots and the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to enforce earlier recommendations on runway checks.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Francis Location: Versailles on Jul 26, 2007 at 08:54 PM
    If I heard correctly, your 11:00 PM news started with a statement that this was the worst aircraft accident in Kentucky history. While this (and any) accident with fatalities is tragic, the worst was TWA 128, 11/20/67 at CVG (B-727, 58 fatalities - crew error); second was AAL 383, 11/8/65 at CVG (Convair 880, 69 fatalities - crew error).
  • by Michelle Location: Lexington, KY on Jul 26, 2007 at 06:46 PM
    It's really a shame that we feel this gross need to place all the blame on one particular place/person instead of all the contributing factors. It's as much the air traffic controllers fault as anyone else's....and blaming only the pilots is petty and disturbing. I understand the loss of a loved one and I feel a deep regret for all the families involved.... but having someone or something to blame doesn't bring that sense of closure they're looking for. It gives them someone or something to be angry at and that is not the way their lost loved ones would want them to feel. I pray for each and every family member that lost someone in the crash that they can find the peace they need within themselves to carry on.
  • by teri Location: kentucly on Jul 26, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    After watching and listening to the broadcast on wkyt.com of the Hearings on the Comair flight5191 findings, It was alot to do with the pilots errors, but the most significant piece of evidence I feel was that the communications to pilots using the BlueGrass Airport was inconsistant, and that not enough updated information was given to pilots in general of the construction and markings at the airport. The pilots did make errors, as well as traffic control operations at the time of the accident. With all the flights in and out of the airport at the time and the major construction in progress, the lack of correct information of the conditions and changes to all pilots using that hub should have been a priority from Bluegrass Airport and the FFA to all pilots. What I feel was conclusive was "Lack of Communication " in the day to day operations with updated information concerning conditions at BLueGrass Airport. It is the responsibility of the National Safety Board to oversee that regulations and information is handled correctly. In conclusion"Who is to blame." It was the HUMAN ERROR from different departments in the daily operations at Bluegrass Airport that was responsible for that flight accident.

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