Comair Crash Family Files Lawsuit

September 1, 2006

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Lawyers representing the family of one of the victims in Sunday's Comair commuter jet crash in Kentucky filed a lawsuit against the airline on Friday, alleging negligence.

The lawsuit, filed in Fayette Circuit Court in Kentucky, also names Comair Aircraft and Comair Services. Attorneys filed the suit on behalf of the family of Rebecca Adams, 47, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, who died in the crash.

The Comair jet, a CRJ-100, crashed early on Sunday shortly after takeoff from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. Of the 50 people on board, only the co-pilot survived.

Flight 5191 was headed for Atlanta when it apparently ran off the end of an unlit runway designed for smaller planes.

The suit says negligence by Comair employees is to blame for the crash. Among other things, the staff failed to gain sufficient altitude after departing the runway to avoid obstructions and improperly attempted to take off from a runway that was of insufficient length, the suit says.

The court filing did not specify the damages sought. A Comair spokeswoman said the airline could not comment on pending litigation.

Clifford and a second law firm, Wombles and Wadlington, also field a notice against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Corporation and its board of directors that they may be liable for damages paid to the family.

The attorneys also filed a complaint against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and issued a motion to preserve all evidence.

(Reuters)