It has been reported (and makes sense) that the captain of COMAIR flight 5191 lined-up the aircraft on the wrong runway. So who is most liable for the crash?
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say, “The captain made me do it!” Y’all can beat me in the head with a rubber hose over it, but that’s my feeling. You place a certain trust in your “superiors” that they’re going to do things right, and you go with it. Sometimes you catch them making bone-headed mistakes and correct them, but sometimes you’re doing other things (switching radio frequencies, flipping charts, setting bugs, etc), and the next thing you know, the captain hands the plane over to you… You just assume he 's gonna line it up on the right runway. You just don’t think a guy more experienced than you is gonna make such a fundamental mistake!
Then again, it’s been reported that there were no lights on runway 26. Could they NOT see runway 22 was lit up? Was 22 in fact lit up? I know they’re saying that it was, but says who? The controller? Other witnesses I suppose would have to corroborate that fact before the NTSB says it is factual. So how do you look down a dark runway without seeing a lit runway crossing it? And if you DO see such a scene, ya gotta think, “Wait a minute… somethin’ ain’t right here…”
For the sake of argument, lets assume 22 was NOT lit up and the captain lined it up incorrectly on a beautiful spring day with high visibility…
…just my 2