Crash That Killed WGN's Collins Not His Fault
October 1, 2007 at 5:35 AM (PT)
A federal judge has ruled that the late BOB COLLINS, the longtime WGN-A/CHICAGO morning host, was only 5% at fault in the airplane collision that killed him and two others. U.S. District Judge JOHN DARRAH placed the primary blame for the fatal accident at the feet of the FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION and the air traffic controller, MIDWEST AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SERVICES.
The judge noted that the air traffic controller was in violation of FAA rules at the time of the crash by having gone over seven hours without a break, and allowed COLLINS' plane and the other plane to be too close and failed to alert the planes despite an opportunity to do so.
The FAA's liability arose from the agency's failure to install a TARDIS electronic air traffic control system at the airport. COLLINS, DARRAH noted, should have told the FAA about his diabetic condition and should have more accurately identified his position.