Preventing Wrong-Surface Airport Operations

The 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191 provides several lessons on how to avoid complacency and prevent landing on or taking off from the wrong runway.

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On August 27, 2006, just after 0600 Eastern time, Comair Flight 5191, a Bombardier CL-600 regional jet, began taxiing for its scheduled departure from Blue Grass Airport (KLEX) in Lexington, Kentucky, to Atlanta, Georgia. Night visual conditions prevailed. In the control tower, the lone controller busy with daily administrative duties cleared the flight to depart […]
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