Comair Sues FAA For Negligence in Aviation Accident ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Comair Sues FAA For Negligence in Aviation Accident

As a result of the August 27 takeoff crash of a CRJ100 from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, Comair has officially sued the Federal Aviation Administration for negligence. “Comair claims the FAA should have had two controllers in the tower when the plane attempted takeoff from the shorter of two runways at the airport.” The lone controller on duty at the time of the accident had turned away to perform administrative tasks, and did not see the commuter jet take the incorrect runway. Comair also notes that controller had only two hours of sleep since his previous shift. Comair is appealing the decision that claimed the agency should repay the airline $18 million for the loss of the CRJ, as well as for lawsuits filed against the airline in the crash. Comair claims construction along the taxiway may have contributed to confusion in the cockpit of Comair 5191, and directed the pilots to the wrong runway.

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