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ATC and how they control traffic flow? If their runway config was set up in a way that is counter to the conditions they carry a component of culpability.
This whole situation will have loads of contributing factors to filter through. As a controller I feel I can shed a little light on some of the questions being asked on here.
First of all, at a multi-runway airport or at an airport like LGA
where the runway configuration is determined by not only wind, weather and navigation equipment but also adjacent airports or airspace, a tower controller cannot just change runways on the spur of the moment. The configuration needs to be negotiated and coordinated with several other ATC facilities.
When conditions warrant a configuration change, depending on how complicated the change is, many times the center will need to put every arrival in the hold until the terminal airspace is reconfigured. Each ATC facility will agree on a time to change configurations because sometimes the change needs to be simultaneous. If one airport cannot possibly change runways until a certain flight has landed or taken off, the other airports in the area might not be able to change either.
"might" very well have been in the reconfiguration process, as the winds were actually different than the last METAR before the accident, but runway changes in complex terminal areas take time.
Do not take any information from a News outlet as fact.