Preliminary Report: Mexican Med Flight Skids Off Runway
Blue Grass Airport
An eight-member jury in Lexington, Ky., has awarded $7.1 million to the family of one of the victims of the 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191. The widow and two daughters of Bryan Keith Woodward, one of 47 passengers who died in the Aug. 27, 2006 crash at Lexington Blue Grass Airport, stood as the only plaintiffs to take their case to trial after all the other families settled out of court.
Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport closed Runway 8-26 and has begun building a replacement crosswind runway that will be named 9-27 and will extend 500 feet longer than the old runway, to 4,000 feet. Runway 8-26 was involved in the Aug. 27, 2006 fatal takeoff crash of Comair Flight 5191, in which the NTSB cited the flight crew’s failure to verify that the airplane was on the correct runway.
The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments last month on the question of whether a lower court can hold Lexington Blue Grass Airport liable for the Aug. 27, 2006, crash of a Comair Bombardier CRJ that killed 49 of its 50 occupants. Comair contends that the airport should bear some responsibility for the crash for not adequately notifying the pilots of a construction project that diverted airplanes on the taxiway.
GATES LEARJET 25C, LEXINGTON, KY.,– AUG. 30, 2002–At 1:07 p.m. EDT Learjet 25C N24CP, on a Part 135 air-ambulance flight, overran Runway 4 while landing at Lexington (Ky.) Blue Grass Airport (LEX). The aircraft was destroyed, the patient was killed and the captain, first officer, flight nurse and another passenger were seriously injured.
When UAL Corp., the parent company of United Airlines, announced in May that it would enter the business aviation market with creation of a new subsidiary to be known as United BizJet Holdings for the time being, it was big news. And it was assumed by some that this was the first venture into business aviation by a major airline. Wrong!
One of the pilots keyed the microphone and shouted, “Brakes, brakes!” shortly before the Careflight Learjet 25 he was in went off the end of the runway and crashed, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report of the August 30 accident. The accident killed one passenger and seriously injured the pilots, a flight nurse and another passenger.
A U.S. District Court’s ruling requiring Comair to release confidential employee filings into evidence in the dozens of civil lawsuits stemming from the Aug. 27, 2006 crash of a Bombardier CRJ in Lexington, Ky., threatens the integrity of one of the FAA’s most important safety mandates, according to the Regional Airline Association.
BOMBARDIER LEARJET 25C, LEXINGTON, KY., AUG. 30, 2002–The captain’s addition of forward thrust during the landing rollout, resulting in a lack of braking effectiveness, was listed by the NTSB as the cause of a runway overrun accident by Learjet 25C N45CP. A factor was the captain’s inability to deploy the thrust reversers for undetermined reasons.
The NTSB blamed the crew of the Comair Bombardier regional jet that crashed at Lexington (Ky.) Blue Grass Airport on August 27 last year for failing to realize that they were taking off from the wrong runway. The crash killed 49 people; the first officer, the sole survivor, sustained serious injuries. Runway 26, the runway the crew mistakenly used, is only 3,500 feet long; Runway 22, the runway they were cleared to use, is 7,003 feet long.
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