Almost two years ago Flight 5191 took off on the wrong runway at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington Ky. 49 people died on the morning of August 27, 2006. A multitude of errors lead to the plane taking off on the closed runway. Our fine government recognized that it was not all pilot error and instituted some changes.
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
Last month, the FAA announced a series of runway safety initiatives designed to avoid the types of conditions that led to the Lexington crash. Those measures include installing more than $400 million worth of runway status lights at major airports that would warn pilots when it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway. The agency expects to award a contract this fall to install the runway light systems at 22 large airports over the next three years. Lexington isn't on the list.