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Seven years since Comair Flight 5191 crash at Blue Grass Airport

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a day many across Kentucky will never forget. Tuesday marks seven years since Comair Flight 5191 crashed at the Blue Grass Airport, killing 49 people.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the aircraft, bound for Atlanta, took off from the wrong runway. The plane overshot the shorter runway and crashed before becoming airborne. The NTSB ruled pilot error was the cause of the crash.

First Officer Jim Polehinke was the only person to survive. He was recently featured in an emotional documentary that was shown at the Kentucky Theatre about sole survivors of other crashes around the country.

In 2011, a public memorial honoring the crash victims was unveiled at The University of Kentucky Arboretum. Last year was the first time since the crash that a public event was not held on the anniversary.


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