Officials say KY plane used wrong runway

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 28, 2006 02:04

 
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A commuter jet was on the wrong runway when it crashed just after takeoff early Sunday and burst into flames, killing 49 people and leaving the lone survivor - a co-pilot - in critical condition, federal investigators said. Preliminary data from Comair Flight 5191's data records and the damage at the scene indicated the plane took off from Blue Grass Airport's shortest runway, a 3,500-foot-long (1,050-meter-long) strip not intended for commercial flights, National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersmann said. "We will be looking into performance data, we will be looking at the weight of the aircraft, we will be looking at speeds, we will pull at that information off and we will be looking at all that," Hersmann said.

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