Update: NTSB: Comair pilots in wrong runway crash not impaired - Mercedes-Benz Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Elite
Check Codes's Avatar
Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
Posts: 31,634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Update: NTSB: Comair pilots in wrong runway crash not impaired

There are some other new details nestled in the update, such as the plane was never really airborne.

In related news the copilot still doesn't remember anything, which isn't really surprising.

And of course the lawyers are hard at work: the first post-crash lawsuit was filed on September first. Good grief!!

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Neither of the pilots of Comair Flight 5191, which crashed last month in Lexington, Kentucky, had any illegal drugs or alcohol in his blood, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

"An over-the-counter decongestant, pseudoephedrine, was detected at a low level in the first officer's blood," the board said in a written summary of its on-scene investigation into the August 27 crash. Forty-seven passengers and two crew members died in the crash. Only the first officer survived.

The Bombardier CRJ-100 crashed when it attempted to take off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport. The plane, bound for Atlanta, was the third of three airplanes scheduled to take off in the early morning from the airport.

The other two took off without incident from runway 22, which is 7,003 feet long and has lights.

Flight 5191 had also been cleared to taxi and take off from runway 22, but the plane attempted instead to take off from runway 26, which is 3,500 feet long, has no lights and is not approved for nighttime use. It was still dark at 6:07 a.m., when the plane attempted to take off from the shorter runway.

The plane accelerated to about 137 knots, then ran off the end of the runway, drove through a fence and crashed into trees on an adjacent horse farm, the summary said.

"The entire sequence took about 36 seconds. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire."

The wreckage was located approximately a third of a mile from the end of the runway. No problems were noted with the engines or flaps, it said.

At the time of the accident, the lone air traffic controller in the tower had overseen two other departures during the prior 20 minutes.

After clearing Flight 5191, "he turned away from the window to perform an administrative task (traffic count); he did not witness the accident, but heard the crash, turned around and saw fire, and immediately activated the emergency response," the report said. "As in all investigations, the group will review the controller's workload and duty schedule and the tower staffing level."

Since the crash, the FAA has staffed the tower with a minimum of two air traffic controllers.

The investigation is not complete. "The group continues to evaluate the pilot actions that led to the attempted takeoff on runway 26," the NTSB said.

In addition, the report said, the board was continuing to study the possible impact of changes to signs and the taxiway that had been instituted during the repaving of the runway.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
Check Codes is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Off-Topic

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
People who dial wrong numbers and still dont understand they are wrong.... Andrew2004az Off-Topic 45 02-17-2012 05:11 AM
Female Pilots Nutz 4 Benz Off-Topic 7 09-12-2006 03:07 PM
Comair flight had lots of odd things Check Codes Off-Topic 39 09-01-2006 07:51 AM
NTSB Announcement Scottgs G-Class 2 12-12-2005 10:02 AM
OT. Please don't ban me! This one is for pilots.... Norb USA R170 SLK-Class 6 03-06-2002 11:23 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Title goes here

video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome