San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 29, 2006
Tragedy struck in the early morning of August 27th, 2006, as Delta Flight 5191 crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. The fiery crash, blamed on a possible wrong runway takeoff, killed 46 passengers and three crewmembers and left only one survivor.
The CRJ-100 jet bound for Atlanta failed to achieve sufficient velocity for takeoff and plowed through a perimeter fence less than a mile from the edge of the runway. The early morning crash resulted in a fireball so intense that it prevented rescuers from reaching any other victims and pulling them to safety.
The Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, has two runways; one 7,000 feet long and the other 3,500 feet long. It is still unclear why the CRJ-100 jet was on the shorter of the two runways, but investigators are beginning to examine the flight data recorder and to question airport personnel about all possible conditions that could have resulted in this tragic and devastating accident.
Apparently the 3,500 foot runway was not designed to handle larger planes on commercial flights. Aviation experts believe that the twin-engine CRJ-100 jet would have needed every inch of the 5,000 feet of the main runway to achieve liftoff safely. Also complicating the issue of the whether or not the plane was on the incorrect runway is the fact that the smaller of the two airstrips is not designed for nighttime or early morning use as it lacks lights entirely.
Furthermore, FAA investigators are looking into the possibility that the design and preparation of the plane prevented passengers from escaping the flames and reaching safety during a crisis situation. Although it is too early after this tragedy to begin pointing fingers, FAA officials are turning their intense scrutiny at the charred remains of the plane that stole the lives of 49 people. Unlike many other plane crash investigations that are hampered due to damage to the plane caused by a fall from great altitude, the structure of Flight 5191 remained virtually intact and should give officials a better understanding of just what went wrong.
Steigerwalt & Associates, along with the Law Offices of Wayne Ferrell express their deepest regret and offer condolences to all the friends and family of those killed in this terrible accident. If you were personally touched by this tragic occurrence, you need to get in contact with the offices of Steigerwalt & Associates immediately.
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