Widow Of Captain Killed In Comair Crash Files Suit

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The co-pilot who survived the crash of Comair Flight 51-91 at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport and the widow of the captain who was killed have filed separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court.

The suits filed in Lexington name the federal government, the airport and others as defendants.

Amy Clay alleges that a number of people were negligent by failing to ensure a variety of safeguards to prevent the accident. Her husband was pilot Jeffrey Clay, who died along with 48 others in the August 27th crash last year.

First Officer James Polehinke was at the controls of the plane and was the only survivor. His suit makes similar claims as the one filed by the pilot's widow. The suits were filed last Friday.

Polehinke has also filed suit in Fayette Circuit Court against the company that designed the runway lighting at the airport.

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


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  • by Monica Location: Lexington on Aug 30, 2007 at 07:32 AM
    I feel very sorry for Amy and her family. However, if it has already been determined that the acccident was due to "human error", I don't know what Amy expects to get out of this except for money. Maybe Amy should accept that her husband was at fault and let it go. He went down a runway with no lighting and didn't contact the control tower to find out why. He contributed to the accident.
  • by A pilots wife. Location: Ky on Aug 30, 2007 at 06:38 AM
    My mistake proves my point.We all make mistakes.I apologize to Amy for mine.At any rate,I stand by my statement that BOTH men were at fault,along with BG airport,the FFA, and others.I wish them both and the families of the passengers peace.
  • by Jamie on Aug 30, 2007 at 06:08 AM
    As with the rest of you, my thoughts and prayers are with ALL of the families who suffered during this terrible time. I personally lost that fateful morning also. BUT this woman's husband, and the co-pilot are the reason the plane crashed. Other planes left the airport the same morning and had NO problems with the runway, because they FOLLOWED PROPER PROCEDURES. I feel this lawsuit is nothing but a publicity stunt and they should all feel ashamed for waiting a year later to file, and bringing up the hurtful memories while the other victims families are trying to commemorate and memoralize the death of their family members. How rude.
  • by angela Location: winchester,ky on Aug 29, 2007 at 03:32 PM
    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS ALL OF YOU.
  • by jaimie Location: richmond on Aug 29, 2007 at 02:08 PM
    To A pilots wife- you may need to read the article again it doesnt say she is suing polehinke it says polehinke and she filed lawsuits for the same purpose. God Bless her and her children
  • by Heather Location: Lexington on Aug 29, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    Amy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I think it is much easier to blame your husband because he isn't here. I commend you for defending his honor.
  • by A pilots wife Location: KY on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:16 AM
    I'm sorry Amy lost her husband in the crash and agree with her for filing a suit against the airport,and even the feds.However,to sue the co-pilot seems to be putting the all the blame on him.Her husband was in the cabin with Mr.Polehinke,and it seems that BOTH men were responsible,not just the co-pilot.I'm sure he tried to avoid the accident,and it's just by the grace of God he lived.To lay the blame at James Polehinke seems unfair.No disrespect intended to Ms.Clay,or her husband who died in the crash,but if her husband would have been paying closer attention to the situation when they were taking off,this tragedy may not have happened to begin with?BOTH pilots are responsible for the plane,regardless of who's at the controls.I dont know about her,but I would be dealing with these thoughts,and she may well be.How do you blame one but not both?Because he survived?Imagine what passenger families feel.Is Amy being sued by them because her husband was one of the pilots?
  • by Kristy Location: London on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:56 AM
    The lawsuit will not bring him back. However, maybe the public will realize that they have had loses to.
  • by MARY Location: BARBOURVILLE on Aug 29, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    there always has to be a scapegoat with federal & state goverment i hope amy nails the federal govermnet to the wall it's time they pay for their sins
  • by Marianne Location: Georgetown on Aug 29, 2007 at 05:23 AM
    My prayers are with you Amy.

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