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Justices find off-duty pilot's death work related

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that
the death of an off-duty pilot killed in the crash of Comair Flight
5191 in August 2006 was work related.
The ruling handed down Thursday opens the way for the family of
Clarence Fortney to receive worker's compensation benefits from
AirTran Airways Inc.
Fortney and 48 other people died when the Comair regional jet
crashed after taking off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass
Airport in Lexington.
Fortney lived in Lexington but worked out of AirTran's hub in
Atlanta. AirTran had argued that Fortney's death was not work
related because he was commuting to work.
Justices ordered the case sent back to an administrative law
judge for further consideration.

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