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NTSB: Comair 5191 crew failed to use available cues to determine location during
26 July 2007

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Comair flight 5191 accident in Lexington, Kentucky was the flight crew`s failure to use available cues and aids to identify the airplane`s location on the airport surface during taxi and their failure to cross check and verify that the airplane was on the correct runway before takeoff. Contributing to this accident were the flight crew`s nonpertinent conversation during taxi, which resulted in loss of positional awareness and the FAA`s failure to require that all runway crossings be authorized only by specific air traffic control clearances. (NTSB)