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This topic only caught my eye because it was a Canadian built aircraft. There are many of these jets around the world and they've had a great record.
I think this is the sort of accident that happens when pilots become like bus drivers. Everything will be done by the book for the next few years now, until boredom jumps out and bites somebody else in the ***.
I'm beginning to think the airport and the controller have some responsibility in this accident. Apparently there was a change in taxi routing that led pilots to a bit of confusion. Runway 22 (the long runway)was mentioned to the pilots so taking off on a heading that was 40 degrees off seems incredible.
The title of this topic, "Probably no control tower" came from deregulation that let a lot of smaller airports operate without control towers. Lexington had a tower and one controller. Initial news reports didn't say. I guessed, wrongly, that there was probably no tower because I thought the tower would have caught an aircraft taking off on the wrong runway.
I just heard that the controller in question had only two hours sleep in the previous 24 when he started his shift.......
Not only that, but the only controller on duty, once he cleared the aircraft for takeoff, turned around and did paperwork, so he didn't even notice that the aircraft was on the wrong runway.