Family, friends visit Comair flight 5191 memorial on anniversary

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - It's a tragedy that many in central Kentucky will never forget.

Each one of the 49 birds represented on a memorial in the University of Kentucky Arboretum represents a life that was lost eight years ago.

"Makes you realize how fast life can go by," says Janice Vranicar, who was familiar with one of the victims.

August 27th is a day that reminds many Kentuckians how life can sometimes end too soon.

"I always come out here every year," says Vranicar. "I try to at least walk around a little bit. Walk around this and then go on my way. It just makes me feel like their heading up to heaven."

In 2006, passengers ranging in age from 16 to 72 boarded Comair flight 5191 bound for Atlanta, but the plane didn't even make it out of the Bluegrass. It crashed after taking off from the wrong runway.

A total of 49 people were killed. The first officer was the only person who survived the crash. Many of the passengers on board were from central Kentucky.

Eight years later, this tragedy still hits close to home.

"Every single person I know was connected to someone in some way or another," Vranicar says. "People's lives mean something and even if you don't know them, they made some kind of contribution in the world."

When this sculpture was created in 2011, family members placed mementos of their lost loved ones inside of the birds.

As with the crash's past two anniversaries, a public memorial or tribute isn't planned to mark this anniversary.

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