Comair crash survivor files suits

Aviation International News » October 2007
September 27, 2007, 6:51 AM

The sole survivor of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., on August 27 last year has sued the FAA, Lexington Blue Grass Airport, chart maker Jeppesen and the supplier of the airport’s runway and taxiway lights, Avcon. James Polehinke– the now disabled copilot of the Bombardier CRJ that took off from the wrong runway, crashed and burned in a field–claims that negligence on the part of all four parties contributed to the accident, which resulted in 49 deaths. The NTSB has laid most of the blame on Polehinke and the flight’s captain, Jeffrey Clay, although the investigating team did cite other factors, such as the air traffic controller’s failure to monitor
the airplane’s departure, out-of-date airport charts and a missing notam that would have warned the pilots about a construction project that changed the taxi route.

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