LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Comair has named the federal government,
Blue Grass Airport and an airport administrator in federal lawsuits
that families of victims of a crash a year ago filed against the
Comair spokeswoman Kate Marx says the filings yesterday against
the federal government and airport are to help make sure all the
parties the airline feels are responsible are held accountable.
Flight 5191 crashed shortly after taking off from the wrong
runway last August 27th, killing 49 of the 50 people on board.
Marx says at least 39 families have sued Comair. Several of the
suits have been settled.
Airport director of operations John Coon is named as a defendant
in the third-party claims. Coon helped oversee a major runway
construction project weeks before the crash. He's the first
employee to be named as a defendant in the lawsuit, though Comair
has previously sued unidentified airport employees.
Blue Grass Airport officials declined to comment because they
haven't reviewed the claims. A Federal Aviation Administration
spokeswoman also declined to comment.