Most Cases Resolved In Settlements
It's over. A federal judge called
off the planned Monday hearing into lawsuits stemming from the
August 2006 takeoff crash of a Comair regional jet in Lexington,
The Associated Press reports US District Court official Mark
Armstrong confirmed the trial has been cancelled, as family members
have settled most cases against the airline out of court.
"Since the day of the accident, Comair has committed itself to
treating the passenger families fairly and respectfully," Comair
spokeswoman Kate Marx said. "It is comforting to come so far in
this process and know we've honored our initial commitment."
As ANN reported, Comair Flight 5191, a CRJ100
regional jet, crashed on takeoff from the shorter of two available
runways at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. The airliner was cleared
to depart on the 7,000-foot Runway 22, but instead lined up to
depart from the unlighted, 3500-ft. Runway 26. First officer James
Polehinke, who was the flying pilot at the time of the accident,
was the sole survivor out of 50 persons onboard.
Two outstanding cases against the federal government and other
parties -- but not involving Comair -- remain unresolved, said
court clerk Susan Baker. A third case, this one filed against the
Delta Air Lines subsidiary, remains open but has not had a trial
date set due to a change in attorneys.
Comair has also sued the FAA, to force the agency to share in
compensation costs to victims of the crash. A number of lawsuits
involving Polehinke also remain open.
Still, for families who lost their loved ones on the morning of
August 27, 2006, the settlements should finally bring them some
"It's an end of a long and horrible event for this community,"
said attorney Joe Savage, whose client settled her case against the
airline for the loss of her parents. "I'm frankly glad everything
is over and we can all get on with our lives."