Coverage of the Jan. 9, 1997 crash

Friday, Aug. 28, 1998

FAA GETS MAIN BLAME FOR CRASH
Calling it "a failure of the system," the National Transportation Safety Board said officials discussed recommendations for handling icy conditions but failed to inform pilots.
STORY

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998

CRASH LIKELY TO ALTER CERIFICATION
The investigation into the January 1997 fatal crash likely will have broad implications for the commuter airline industry.
STORY

Saturday, July 11, 1998

FAA NOT READY TO RESPOND TO CHARGES
The Federal Aviation Administration said it could not respond directly yet to charges that it sat on information that could have helped prevent the January 1997 crash of Comair Flight 3272.
STORY

Friday, July 10, 1998

PILOTS: COMAIR CRASH AVOIDABLE
For nearly a year before the fatal crash of Comair Flight 3272, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sat on information that could have helped prevent the accident, the Air Line Pilots Association charged.
STORY

Friday, May 1, 1998

COMAIR FLIES EMBRAERS DESPITE SUIT
Comair still has 34 Embraer Brasilia 120 aircraft in its fleet, despite filing a lawsuit this week against the manufacturer alleging defects in the airplane that crashed last year.
STORY

Friday, Jan. 9, 1998

A YEAR LATER, CRASH UNSOLVED
One year to the day that Comair Flight 3272 took off from Cincinnati and crashed in Michigan, killing all 26 passengers and three crew members, authorities have been unable to say with any certainty why it happened.
STORY


Thursday, May 22, 1997

CRASH PROMPTS DEICING PROPOSALS
Reinforcing suspicions that icing caused January's crash of Comair Flight 3272, federal officials Wednesday called for changes in procedures for pilots flying planes in icing conditions.
STORY

Monday, May 19, 1997

COMAIR 3272 FAMILIES REMEMBER
About 240 family and friends of the 29 victims gathered Sunday at Roselawn Memorial Park, 12 miles southwest of the crash site, to dedicate a memorial to their loved ones.
STORY

Wednesday, May 14, 1997

COMAIR ADDING ICE SENSORS TO EMBRAERS
Comair is moving to install ice detectors on all 39 of its Embraer EMB-120 commuter planes even before the devices are required by the Federal Aviation Administration, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
STORY

Thursday, May 8, 1997

COMAIR FLIGHT STALLED AND SPUN, DATA INDICATES
Instrument data from Comair Flight 3272 that crashed south of Detroit in January indicates the plane stalled on its descent in a snowstorm and then spun hopelessly out of control.
STORY

Tuesday, May 6, 1997

NTSB TO OPEN COMAIR RECORDS
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday will open its records regarding the January crash of Comair Flight 3272. NTSB spokesman Paul Schlamm the release will not contain a probable cause determination.
STORY

Wednesday, February 19, 1997

RARE ICING CONDITIONS STUDIED IN TESTS
Preliminary tests indicate that a little-known icing condition cited in a 1994 plane crash in Indiana might have been present when Comair Flight 3272 crashed Jan. 9 near Detroit, a research meteorologist involved in the testing said Tuesday.
STORY

Friday, January 24, 1997

PILOT'S SKILL, HELPFULNESS RECALLED AT FUNERAL
Capt. Dann Carlsen was the type of person many of us would like to be, friends and family said Thursday as they attended his funeral service.
STORY

Thursday, January 23, 1997

LOCAL VICTIM'S FAMILY SUES COMAIR
Racing to beat new limits on wrongful death awards in Ohio, lawyers Wednesday filed state and federal suits on behalf of a Procter & Gamble executive killed in the Jan. 9 Comair crash near Detroit.
STORY

Monday, January 20, 1997

TOO-SLOW ERROR MAY BE PILOT'S
Even though air-traffic controllers told the crew of Comair Flight 3272 to slow to a speed some considered unsafe for weather conditions, the pilots had the authority to override the order, aviation experts say.
STORY

Sunday, January 19, 1997

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Richard Nilsen hugs mourner at funeral of his wife, flight attendant Darinda Ogden-Nilsen.
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HUNDREDS MOURN LOCAL VICTIMS
Hundreds of mourners packed churches in two Tristate cities Saturday to remember a Procter & Gamble executive and a flight attendant killed in the crash of Comair Flight 3272.
FUNERALS

FAMILIES HELP EACH OTHER
It is becoming common for families of victims from previous plane crashes to offer support when another tragedy occurs.
SUPPORT

COMAIR'S RESPONSE PRAISED
Within minutes of Flight 3272's crash, Comair set into motion its emergency response plan, which assigned employees to the hundreds - even thousands - of tasks that would need to be done within the coming hours, days and weeks.
COMAIR

Saturday, January 18, 1997

COMMUTER AIRLINES SAFETY QUESTIONED
Long before Comair's ill-fated Flight 3272 departed Cincinnati on Jan. 9, federal aviation experts had raised serious concerns over the safety of commuter airlines.
CRASH

PROBE TURNS TO COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM
Federal investigators will be checking to see whether Comair Flight 3272's collision avoidance system was operational when a big jet passed over it moments before the turboprop plummeted to the ground, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
CRASH

Friday, January 17, 1997

PIECES TO BE SENT TO MANUFACTURERS FOR TESTING
Many of the key pieces of Comair Flight 3272 - including the engines - are being prepared to be shipped to their manufacturers for testing. Meanwhile, investigators are looking at whether the twin-engine turboprop was thrown out of control by turbulence from a jet passing overhead.
CRASH

Thursday, January 16, 1997

REMAINS RETURNED TO FAMILIES
A week after Comair Flight 3272 crashed, medical examiners have completed identification of all 29 people aboard and have released the remains to their families, while investigators continued to search for a reason for the crash.
CRASH

Wednesday, January 15, 1997

LOW SPEED MAY HAVE STALLED PLANE
Comair Flight 3272 may have been flying so slowly as it approached Detroit Metro Airport that it may have stalled when pilots attempted to turn the commuter aircraft.
CRASH

Tuesday, January 14, 1997

COMAIR RECORDS SCOURED FOR CLUES
Federal investigators moved part of their probe of the crash of Comair Flight 3272 to Northern Kentucky on Monday, launching a systematic review of the airplane's maintenance records.
CRASH

Monday, January 13, 1997

RIGHT ENGINE MAY HOLD CLUE
Three separate fire suppression systems on Comair Flight 3272's right engine were found to be activated, federal investigators reported Sunday. The new information deepened the mystery about what caused the crash.
CRASH


UNITED IN GRIEF
More than 1,000 people - including about 200 family and friends of the dead - gathered Sunday afternoon at Immaculate Heart of Mary church and convent in Monroe, Mich., to mourn the dead.
MEMORIAL

Sunday, January 12, 1997

nicholas rosiak

29 Lives
Profiles, photos of the victims of Comair Flight 3272.

'EVENT' AT 4,000 FEET
About one minute after Comair's Cincinnati to Detroit Flight 3272 leveled off at 4,000 feet, ''an event took place and all operations ceased,'' a federal air safety official said Saturday.
CRASH


Saturday, January 11, 1997

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FLIGHT RECORDERS FOUND
Investigators hope the orange metal flight data recorders found Friday afternoon will unlock the mystery of why Comair Flight 3272 went down.
CRASH

FAMILIES' GRIEVING BEGINS
In cities like Detroit and small towns like McComb, Miss., families began coping with grief.
FAMILIES

LOCAL CREW MOURNED
Until Thursday, the three crew members of Comair Flight 3272 had little more in common than their ties to Northern Kentucky. Now, Dann Carlsen, Kenneth Reece and Darinda Odgen Nilsen are linked forever.
CREW

MINISTER'S 'MIRACLE'
Blessed beyond words. Amazed by the breathtaking ways in which the Lord works. Heartbroken for those who died. The emotions come over Cora Edwards of Brookhaven, Miss., the day after her husband, Eugene, a Baptist minister was to have been on Comair Flight 3272 - but wasn't.
MINISTER

COLD COMPLICATES INVESTIGATION
Pushed by sub-zero winds, drifting snow swept over airplane wreckage and the remains of the dead Friday, blanketing the tragedy of Flight 3272 in white oblivion. ''The weather is certainly complicating the situation," said Monroe County Sheriff Tillman Crutchfield.
SCENE

DETERMINING WHAT HAPPENED
Thomas Watson says airplane crash investigations - at least in their early stages - are not about learning what brought a plane down. ''They are a process of proving what didn't happen,'' said the retired National Transportation Safety Board investigator.
INVESTIGATION

TRAVELERS ANXIOUS, PHILOSOPHICAL
Fear and apprehension sat alongside some travelers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Friday, the day after 29 people died in a Comair plane crash.
TRAVELERS

HELPING CHILDREN TO FACE FEARS
Children react differently to news of disasters, say child-psychology experts. Parents can play important roles by answering children's questions and validating their feelings.
COPING

COMAIR INVESTORS CALM
Investors, for the most part, stood behind Comair on Friday. Stock fell hard early, dropping as much as $4.75, or 19 percent, to $20.25. But it recovered to $23.50 by day's end, down $1.50 from Thursday.
INVESTORS

Friday, January 10, 1997

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29 DIE IN FIERY CRASH
A Comair plane en route from Cincinnati plunged into a snow-covered field as it approached Detroit Metro Airport on Thursday, killing all 29 people aboard.
CRASH

MAN SKIPPED FLIGHT
Joe Mihelich wanted to get home to his wife and their 19-month-old son. So he ignored his wife's advice to wait for a commuter flight from Cincinnati, rented a car and drove home Thursday in heavy snow to suburban Detroit. As he drove through Toledo, Ohio, Mihelich heard news that the flight he could have boarded had crashed in rural in southeast Michigan, about 15 miles north of where he was. All 29 people aboard are believed dead.
SKIPPED FLIGHT

PLANE'S HISTORY TROUBLED
The airplane that crashed Thursday in a Michigan snowstorm had a history of propeller and de-icing equipment problems, service records show.
PLANE
SERVICE RECORD

THE VICTIMS
One passenger was going to attend the funeral of a brother who died in a plane crash, another had spoken to her parents earlier that day, while another was on a routine business trip.
VICTIMS

PLANE RAN INTO WORSE WEATHER
As Comair Flight 3272 headed north, it encountered much worse winter weather: freezing temperatures, heavier snow and decreasing visibility. Pilots across Michigan and northern Ohio complained of ice on their wings throughout the afternoon.
WEATHER

COMAIR HAS RESPECTED SAFETY RECORD
This was the Erlanger-based airline's second fatal crash in its 19-year history.The regional carrier, a feeder to Delta Air Lines, has been considered one of the safest in the commercial airline industry.
COMAIR

'IT WAS THE AWFULEST NOISE'
Jenny and Janell Barnes had been home from high school for about a half an hour when the plane went down in a field about 50 to 75 yards behind their house. ''It was the awfulest noise, the whole house shook,'' said Jenny Barnes, 18.
CRASH SITE

NEWS ARRIVES LATE AT AIRPORT
Passengers watching the news in Comair's terminal early Thursday evening saw reports about JonBenet Ramsey's murder, O.J. Simpson and President Clinton, but nothing about the Comair plane that had crashed hours earlier.
AIRPORT

INVESTIGATION BEGINS
The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched an 11-member team of investigators to the crash site late Thursday.
INVESTIGATION

Victims

CREW
Captain
Dann Carlsen
Grant County, Ky.

First Officer
Kenneth Reece
Fort Wright, Ky.

Flight Attendant
Darinda Ogden Nilsen
Lexington, Ky.

PASSENGERS
Adams, Dexter
Cincinnati

Barrow, Gregory
Detroit

Bransford, Roger
Sandy Springs, Ga.

Brice, Arthur
Brookhaven, Miss.

Brownlee, Christine
Helena, Mont.

Brownlee, Scott
Helena, Mont.

Davis, Geoffrey
Detroit.

DeMarco, Maureen
Englewood, Colo.

Douchard, Greg
Wesson, Miss.

Felteau, Leo
Atlanta

Herman, Mark
Novi, Mich.

Jones, Betty Jean
Detroit

Jones, Charles
McComb, Miss.

McClain, Steven
Waterford, Mich.

Muskovitz, Teri
West Bloomfield, Mich.

Passariello, Kim
Lake Havasu, Ariz.

Raymond, Roy
Twin Falls, Id.

Raymond, Vernamarie
Twin Falls, Id.

Rosiak, Jennifer
Fairbanks, Alaska

Rosiak, Nicholas
Fairbanks, Alaska

Sharangpani, Arati
Holland, Mich.

Stearn, Richard
Whitmore Lake, Mich.

Takenami, Keita
Lexington, Ky.

Thomas, Douglas
Detroit.

Wansedel, Charles
Mount Clemens, Mich.

Zagar, Darlene
Danville, Ky.


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