Comair Incorporated has reached the first two settlements in the August 27th crash of a Comair regional jet at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport.
Comair released documents that it filed Friday in U.S. District Court, which include a letter informing the court it has settled claims from the estates of Priscilla Johnson, 44, of Lexington, and Mary Jane Silas, 58, of Columbus, Miss.
Parties in those cases are still finalizing terms of the agreement and “have agreed to keep details of the settlement confidential at this time,” the letter said.
Johnson and Silas were two of the 49 people on Comair Flight 5191 who died in the crash that occurred after the plane attempted to take off from the wrong runway. The plane tried to take off from a 3,500-foot runway used by small planes, although it was supposed to use a runway twice as long.
“The terms of the settlement are confidential, but I can tell you that the agreements provide fair compensation to the families for their loss,” Comair spokesperson Kate Marx said.
Marx said that 29 lawsuits have been filed so far on behalf of 38 passengers. The letter shows that the estate of Silas settled before it filed suit against Comair.
“We are fulfilling our commitment to ensure the settlements are prompt and fair to the families of this tragic accident,” Marx said. “We also remain committed to doing what is reasonable for each of the passenger families, and we have every motivation to continue to pursue fair compensation for victims.”