Runway route changed a week before crash in Lexington, Ky. |

Runway route changed a week before crash in Lexington, Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pilots of a Comair jet that crashed on takeoff noticed there were no lights as they prepared to takeoff, but it appears they didn’t recognize they were headed down the wrong runway, investigators said Monday.The only survivor in the crash that killed 49 people, first officer James M. Polehinke, was piloting the plane, Hersman said. He remained in critical condition Monday at the University of Kentucky Hospital.The cockpit voice recorder showed that the pilots were talking about the absence of lights on the runway but that they didn’t report it to the control tower, said Debbie Hersman, a National Transportation Safety Board member.Investigators in the commuter jet crash were looking into whether the runway lights or changes made to a taxiway during a repaving project a week ago confused the pilot and caused him to turn onto the wrong runway.

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