Date & Time: Aug 27, 2006 at 0607 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N431CA
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lexington-Atlanta
MSN:
7472
YOM:
2001
Flight number:
DL5191
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
47
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
49
Captain / Total flying hours:
4710
Captain / Total hours on type:
3082
Copilot / Total flying hours:
6564
Copilot / Total hours on type:
940
Aircraft flight hours:
12048
Aircraft flight cycles:
14536
Circumstances:
On takeoff from Lexington-Blue Grass airport, the aircraft hit trees and crashed in a small wood located near the airport. All occupants, except the copilot, were killed. It is clearly defined that the crew attempted to takeoff from runway 26 which is 3,500 feet long instead of runway 22. It seems that this mistake, done by the crew, was contributed by low visibility (small shower front approaching and still dark). Due to short runway, the aircraft did not takeoff, hit trees and crashed. NTSB indicated that the taxiway to runway 22 has been modified recently, passing in front of the runway 26. Both pilots made a remark about the fact that the runway 26 was unlighted at the time of the accident. The flight was made on behalf of Delta Connection.