This just appeared on CNN…. Lexington's airport director says a repaving project a week before the fatal Comair crash altered the taxi route commercial planes take to get to the main runway, The Associated Press reports.
Remember – aircraft accidents don’t usually happen on day 1… they are a combination of events that started either days or weeks before the actual accident.
Here’s how you end up on the wrong runway – someone changes the taxi route. Now of course the pilots are still required to check the actual runway heading against the compass when they line up.
However it’s early in the morning, they’re not fully awake yet, the air traffic controllers in the tower are still downing their morning coffee and probably not even looking out the window – why not? Because there is no other morning traffic to worry about. The pilots get clearance to take off and then the tragedy unfolds in the next 120 seconds or so.
The irony is that this accident probably wouldn’t have happened an hour later, when everyone was up and alert. I was an airline pilot for 10 years and even to this day I never take the first commuter flight out of an airport. I remember how tired I used to be in those days... it's not worth the risk.