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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lexington plane crash lawsuit

From AP-

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Comair sued the federal government Thursday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration was negligent in having only one air traffic controller on duty when a plane crashed last year in Lexington killing 49 people.

The suit says the United States government breached its duty to control taxiing and departing aircraft at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport.

The crash happened Aug. 27 after the plane mistakenly turned onto a 3,500-foot runway in the dark, struggled to get airborne and went down in a field. Co-pilot James Polehinke, 44, of Margate, was the only survivor.

A week before the crash, an airport repaving project changed the taxi route leading to the 7,000-foot main runway that Comair Flight 5191 should have used.

Comair claims the FAA failed to properly staff the control tower with two air traffic controllers. Instead, only one was on duty that morning, and he had turned away from the runway before Comair Flight 5191 took off.
I gave the FAA a Knucklehead for only have one controller on duty when the crash happened. However one would think it is the ultimate responsibility of the pilots to make sure one is taking off the right runway.

Both sides look to be at fault. What do you think?

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