KENTUCKY AIRPORT HALTS TAXIWAY PROJECT

Associated Press
September 13, 2006

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The city's airport has halted plans to build a new taxiway while authorities investigate the crash of a jet that taxied onto the wrong runway, killing 49 people, the facility's director said Wednesday.

Blue Grass Airport had planned to begin taxiway construction shortly after the Aug. 27 crash, but Director Michael Gobb said officials put those plans on hold this week to avoid altering the crash scene.

Gobb said in an interview with The Associated Press that the project would probably be delayed no more than 30 days.

The National Transportation Safety Board had requested the delay and one victim's family planned to ask a judge on Thursday to stop the work, he said.

Comair Flight 5191 struggled to get airborne after departing from the wrong runway and crashed into a field. A week before the crash, the old taxiway was barricaded and pilots were instructed to use a temporary one until the new taxiway was complete.

The airplane wreckage has been moved to Atlanta.