Flight 5191 Pilot Hopes To Fly Again

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The lawyer for the co-pilot at the controls when a Comair jet crashed in Kentucky killing 49 people says his client is determined to fly again.
Attorney Larry Moore says James Polehinke is using the potential of returning to the cockpit as partial motivation for his recovery. Moore says Polehinke has been talking about it since the first time they met, three months after the August 2006 crash in Lexington.
Polehinke was the lone survivor and suffered brain damage, the loss of his left leg and numerous broken bones. The flight took off from a runway that was too short before crashing less than a mile away.
Moore says Polehinke understands he faces long odds to ever fly
again but says he wouldn't count out his client.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Sean Location: Cincinnati on Mar 8, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    "NO Pilot that takes off on an UN-LIGHTED runway should even be allowed to be a freak'in passenger on a plane" - Tim in London Tim, I take off from unlit runways all the time...am I a safe pilot? Yes. As I recall the NOTAM issued for LEX that morning said that there was intermittent runway lighting on 04-22, thereby making it easier to confuse with 08-26. "You can't even fly if you need glasses or contacts!" - JHR in LEX While I agree with your overall message, you seem to have decades-old info on medical requirements for pilots. The FARs state that your vision must be CORRECTABLE to a certain acuity (I'd have to look up the specific FAR) As for the rest of the comments, you cannot speak with authority about 5191 crash's contributing factors or repercussions for First Officer Polehinke unless you are familiar with the governing laws of FAR 121 flight.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    I am with Bill and Denny I think he got off to easy. HE should have had 49 counts of manslaughter or something . I would not want this man flying any plain. He could fly into other plains or anything. He has brain damage people with less things then him are not a load to do anything. It would be a big risk to let him fly again.
  • by JHR Location: Lexington on Mar 7, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    There are a ton of contributing factors that are to blame for this horrible tragedy. This man isn't the only person to blame..remember he was the Co-Pilot, so he was second-in-command....and no where in the story does it say he wants to fly commercially, does it? He is unfit to fly commercially, if you know anything about the rigorous requirements for commercial pilots. You can't even fly if you need glasses or contacts! Anyway, this poor man has been punished enough, let him be. If anyone has the right to be mad it is the families of the victims, and most of them are not....from what I hear all of the victims were good and decent people, and they wouldn't WANT this man to suffer on their account. Remember that when you go ranting about further destroying a broken man's life.
  • by bill Location: lexington on Mar 7, 2008 at 04:18 AM
    i agree denny, this guy should have 49 counts of manslaughter to answer for, if i hit a school bus and kill 49 kids with my truck i sure bet i am gonna be facing vehicular homicide. this guy has no business ever flying a plane again
  • by me Location: lancaster on Mar 6, 2008 at 09:38 PM
    What is he thinking, oh wait, maybe he's NOT, I wouldn't want to be in a plane he is piloting. Very Scary!!!!!!!
  • by Get r done on Mar 6, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    I would rather climb into my time machine, go back to 1988 and hitch a ride with Larry Mahoney- GET R DONE
  • by Nita Location: Ky on Mar 6, 2008 at 02:24 PM
    He should only be allowed to fly a glider...oh wait I think you have to run to jump off a cliff to fly those.Seriously, he has used that as a motivation to recover. That is wonderful. But he should never pilot a plane again. Not only was he partially to blame for taking 49 lives but he has had brain damage. Hello!!!
  • by shawn Location: lincoln county on Mar 5, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    Do you think anyone in their right mind will wanna get on a plane thats this man is controlling i know i sure wouldnt wanna be... i was booked on 5191 but changed too another airline one day before the crash, a gut feeling told me not too fly comair.. my feeling was right... i WILL NEVER step onto another delta plane... and yes i know it can happen too any airline but so far its happened too comair so thats enough for me.....
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    So do 49 other souls....stay on the ground,you have already caused enough damage!Kimberly,these lawsuits were not frivilous lawsuits.They were against a company that killed and that was at fault.Christian or not you are wrong!
  • by agnes Location: lexington on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    great for him i hope he can my prayers are with him
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