Comair 5191 accident

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  1. skoker macrumors 68000

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    (I'm shocked that 8 hours later and I'm the only post on this?)

    Comair flight 5191, a CRJ-200 N431CA, enroute from Lexington, KY, to Atlanta, GA, around 6:10AM this morning. Early reports look like it took off from the wrong runway, one that was only 3500 feet long and far too short for that equipment.
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    It's a slow day here and commuter airline crashes rarely get much attention, unfortunately.
     
  3. kuyu macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in Lexington right now visiting my mom. I've taken that exact flight umpteen times, probably on that particular plane. The mayor here said it best, "we don't just sympathize with the friends and families, we are the friends and families."

    Unforunately I have friends of friends who were on that flight. My heart goes out to their loved ones.
     
  4. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    50 dead and only one survivor, who is seriously ill at hospital. Looks like a terrible, terrible accident.

    Many dead in Kentucky plane crash - BBC
     
  5. iGary Guest

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    You gotta be half asleep to use the wrong runway, especially since they prolly landed there the night before. It's not like it's LAX.

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  6. skoker thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Some updates:

    Comair provides updated information regarding Flight 5191
    Comair President Don Bornhorst provided the following updates regarding Flight 5191 in a press conference held at 2:30 p.m. today in Lexington, Ky.
    Comair Flight 5191, a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100 operating from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport to Atlanta, was involved in an accident at approximately 6 a.m. today near the Lexington airport. The flight was carrying 47 passengers and three crew members.

    Comair has confirmed that the following crew members were onboard Flight 5191: Captain Jeffrey Clay, 35, has been an employee of Comair since November 1999 and is based at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; First Officer James Polehinke, 44, has been an employee of Comair since March 2002 and is based at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; Flight Attendant Kelly Heyer, 27, has been a Comair employee since July 2004 and is based at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. There was one survivor of the accident.

    Comair continues to contact families of those who were onboard Flight 5191 and a dedicated toll-free phone line remains available to family and friends with inquiries about this accident. The center can be reached at 1-800-801-0088. Employee volunteers of the Comair and Delta Care Team were dispatched to assist family members and loved ones of passengers and crew on Comair Flight 5191 shortly after it was learned that the flight had been involved in an accident. An initial group of 54 team members was dispatched from around the system to Lexington and Atlanta where the families of passengers were waiting. Comair is cooperating fully with all authorities who will be investigating this accident, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and federal, local and state law enforcement agencies. The final determination of the probable cause of the accident will ultimately by determined by the NTSB.

    Comair has confirmed the following information about the CRJ100 involved in this accident.
    Aircraft Type: 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100 regional
    jet (Model: CL600-2B19)
    Tail number 7472
    Registration number N431CA
    Manufactured in: January 2001
    Delivered to Comair: January 30, 2001
    Airframe Cycles (total number of landings): 12,048
    Airframe Hours (flight time): 14,536.2
    Last overnight maintenance check for aircraft: Lexington 8-26-06
     
  7. TimDaddy macrumors 6502

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    Oh my God! This is 5 minutes from my house and I didn't know about it until about 12 hours later. We were heading into Lexington and all of a sudden the three inbound lanes of traffic were at a standstill. At that point I flipped the radio over the A.M. and that's all they were talking about. Turns out a guy my wife went to school with and his new wife were on the plane. Everyone does seem to know each other around here. I'm dreading the moment they release all of the names of the victims.
     
  8. MattG macrumors 68040

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    Ugh

    Flying to Pittsburgh in about a month and I don't even want to think about this :(
     
  9. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    A terrible accident, especially because it wasn't a mechanical failure but a simple mistake on someone's part...

    I'm taking a little turboprop to Minneapolis to get a flight to Cleveland in just a few days, so I'm a little less thrilled about air travel right now.
     
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    Could the first officer be charged with involuntary manslaughter?
     
  11. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    The pilot is dead though...does the copilot share total responsibility for the crew/passengers? I suppose he does.

    We still don't know the nature of his injuries though - he may be a vegetable and unable to give an account of what happened, though the black boxes and the control tower's records should show whether they were cleared for the wrong runway or not. But even if they were don't you think one of the pilots would have said "Hey, that's the wrong runway"?
     
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    Well I have certainly been in civil aircraft where we were like "oh ****, we're going the wrong way (taxiway or other)," but made the correction before doing something stupid, or the tower yelled at us - but that was always at "strange airports" we didn't know. I would assume these guys had landed there, at least, the night before and knew what was what.

    Where was the tower when this happened?

    "Uh, hello Comair 5191, wrong runway."
     
  13. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    If it makes you feel better there were thousands of flights in the US yesterday that went perfectly fine.


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  14. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I read somewhere that for airplanes to equal the danger level of automobiles, there would have to be 19 commercial jetliner crashes every *day*. Yep, airplanes are pretty safe.
     
  15. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yes, that's true - however as opposed to fender benders and other minor car accidents, 99% of all airline accidents have devestating results such as this one. :(
     
  16. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816

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    In the United States alone, more than 40,000 people die in traffic accidents each year... More than 100 people per day.
    2002 - 42,815 people dead.
     
  17. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Oh yes, I realize that - not trying to downplay traffic accidents at all. I'm just saying that when comparing airline crashes versus car crashes, the fatality rate is much higher in airline accidents (even though they occur far less frequently). Airline accidents obviously have a far lower percentage of survivability than traffic accidents.
     
  18. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I agree on putting plane crash rates into perspective. For reference, in 2005, 43,443 people were killed in auto accidents in the US. I'm flying to Tokyo on Friday, and I'm more worried about my drive into Nice (read, not at all) than I am about my plane flight.

    Edit: oops, forgot to hit 'send post' button till someone else commented on the statistics. Sorry.
     
  19. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    According to this article, there are about 150,000 auto deaths a year world wide. So the 19 plane crashes a day figure must be wrong. If you assume 150 passengers/flight, you'd have to crash 1000 planes a year, or 3 per day worldwide, to equal auto fatalities.

    This still suggests that planes are much safer!
     
  20. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    We'll have to wait for the NTSC to evaluate the cockpit voice recorder, but I'm guessing at this point that at least a portion of the fault will be assigned to the tower. The crew may have received unclear taxi instructions, and at the very least, the tower should have noticed prior to issuing takeoff clearance that the airplane hadn't taxied far enough to take off on the designated runway. All in all, a very strange accident. A lot of people needed to screw up to make this happen.
     
  21. iGary Guest

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    Indeed.

    The tower must have cleared them for departure immediately after clearing them to push, and then forgotten them.

    Anyway, yeah.
     
  22. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    Wow, I just found out. Cant tell if thats a good thing or not (watching the news can be so depressing)
     
  23. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Small quiet airport, wee hours of the morning, people can get complacent. When that happens, other people can die.
     
  24. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    I just wanted to give you guys an update on the information the NTSB and the FAA have released to the media in Louisville.

    1. Sunrise was at 7:09am on Sunday, which is important because....

    2. The lights on the short runway and lights on signs pointing out runways were malfunctioning and not lit, meaning the pilots could not see which runway was which or the length of the runway (because at 6am it was nearly pitch-black).

    3. One week ago, the Taxi ways were repaved. During this time, they also changed the paths planes take to the runways. These pilots probably were not aware that the taxi paths had changed. This may have led them to the short runway instead of the long.

    The first officer is still in critical condition. His family has requested that very limited information about his condition be released to the media. I'm sure we'll learn more once his condition improves.
     

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