Comair Crash: Who’s Running the Investigation?

1) The NTSB Investigating Comair Crash

D.C. veteran Debbie becomes NTSB's public face 

Lexington Herald-Leader - Aug 29 12:20 AM

Debbie Hersman, a former Democratic congressional aide, has become the public face and voice for the chief federal agency investigating Sunday's fatal crash of Comair Flight 5191....

From 1999 to 2004, Hersman was the senior professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
In that post, she handled the agenda and legislation concerning surface transportation, including economic and safety regulation of railroads and safety issues for trucks and buses, pipelines and hazardous materials.
In 1992-99, she was the top aide to U.S. Rep. BOB WISE, D-W.Va.
2.) Debbie Hersman on the NTSB Board

Current Members of the Board are:

Mark V. Rosenker, Chairman
Kathryn O'Leary Higgins, Member
3.) AT THE NTSB, Debbie Hersman works for MARK V. ROSENKER -

He is former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House MILITAY Office under GW Bush:


Mark V. Rosenker of Virginia was sworn in as the 11th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 11, 2006. He had been serving as Acting Chairman since March 2005. His two-year term as Chairman runs until August 2008. In January 2006, after confirmation by the Senate, he began his second term as a Member, which will expire on December 31, 2010.

Chairman Rosenker became a member of the NTSB in March 2003, and was designated by President Bush as Vice Chairman that April.

Beginning JANUARY 20, 2001 until the announcement of his nomination to the Board, Mr. Rosenker served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the WHITE HOUSE MILITARY OFFICE. In this capacity, he had responsibility for policies, personnel and plans that involve Department of Defense assets in direct support of the President.

Prior to his White House appointment, Mr. Rosenker was Managing Director of the Washington, DC office for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) .... Before joining UNOS, Mr. Rosenker served 23 years as Vice President, Public Affairs for the *ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES ALLIANCE*.
4) Debbie Hersman was a staffer for Senator Bob Wise, who was forced out of office by a sex scandal:

Bob Wise
Fmr. Governor, Democrat, WV

Current Term: 1st
First Elected: 2000
Next Election: 2004
Served: 2000-2004

Bob Wise bungled his first term with a sex scandal involving a state employee. Despite tearful apologies, the seedy scandal would not die before Wise's political career did.
5.) Bob Wise's Career as Governor

Wise's tenure of Governor of West Virginia saw the greatest loss in employment in State history (to include the Great Depression)and a tightened fiscal environment. During this period, Wise responded to the economic challenges of the State by attempting to attract businesses through an extensive tax and infrastructure assistance program.
6) "The number 9/11 returns to haunt us":

Atlanta-bound Comair Flight 5191 crashed causing a loss of 49 lives. Am I the only one sensing some kind of freaky omen considering the fast that 5 years after 9/11, the most horrific event in our recent history, the number ”911” resurfaced as “191” in another plane crash? ...

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