Wife of Comair Pilot Killed In Flight 5191 Crash, Files Lawsuit

The wife of Comair pilot Jeff Clay, who lost his life in the crash of Flight 5191, has now joined the list of people suing over the crash.

Amy Clay's lawsuit alleges a number of people failed to ensure a variety of safeguards to prevent the accident. When we spoke to Amy Clay just before the anniversary of the crash, she wanted to make it clear her husband was a good pilot with a perfect flight record.

Now she along with First Officer James Polehinke are filing separate lawsuits with basically the same message.

Amy Clay tells us, "I never said pilots don't hold some responsibility but for heaven's sake do we want our crews to operate with complete absence of information. It's over looking all options to fix and change something, it will happen again."

So just before the one year anniversary of her husband's death Amy filed a federal lawsuit alleging a number of parties were negligent by failing to ensure safeguards to prevent the crash of flight 5191, of which her husband was the first captain.

"Jeff had a perfect record and we're not talking about an idiot here, we're talking about a perfect flight record," Amy said.

In an interview with 27NEWSFIRST just before the anniversary of Jeff Clay's death she said her husband should have been given information given in regard to take off and not have had to guess. The lawsuit argues the Federal Aviation Commission, Blue Grass Airport, the aviation chart maker and several other officials made her husband's job more difficult than it should have been.

"I get so tired of clues and cues. Do we really want airport navigation to be some sort of puzzle?"

The only one to survive the crash, James Polehinke, also filed a similar lawsuit late last week. However Polehinke's lawsuit also includes the company involved in the airport construction project at the time of the crash.

Polehinke also filed suit in Fayette Circuit Court against the company that designed the runway lights at Blue Grass Airport.

Several other lawsuits have been filed since the crash by family members of the victims.


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  • by lisa Location: Crestview Hills on Aug 30, 2007 at 08:57 AM
    it is convienent that the pilot that is dead is the one person they are trying to place all the blame- anyone who has read anything at all about this accident KNOWS this can not be blamed soley on the pilot- and as a wife and a mother- she is doing the right thing defending her husband when he is not here to defend himself- You Go Amy Clay!! Jeff and your daughters will be proud.
  • by b Location: lex on Aug 30, 2007 at 08:27 AM
    her husband is part to blame. I guess money will ease the pain. Everyone wants to sue. I,m sure the pilots association already coughed up money for her and her children. Get over it.
  • by chuck Location: lexington on Aug 29, 2007 at 06:40 PM
    Lame excuse, i know shes hurting, but it was the pilots fault, a simple compass heading to match the runway should have stopped this, i'm very tired of hearing that her husband wasn't at fault, very lame
  • by Kathy Location: Lexington on Aug 29, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    This lady should have filed .. It seems to me that there are several factors leading to this accident , it could NOT have been just the pilots fault .. I heard on the news at least 3 times about the lights going out again AFTER the crash .. Plus there should have been 2 people at least in the tower AT ALL TIMES .. I flew out of here after the accident and was a nervous wreck , kept looking to see which way we were going .. It is NEVER just one persons fault , there were planty of faults in this case , starting with only 1 controller on duty in the tower ...

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