LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The co-pilot who survived a plane crash
that killed 49 people has told his lawyers he is determined to fly
again and is using that as motivation to get through
James Polehinke began talking about his desire to return to the
cockpit just months after the accident and has mentioned it
frequently since, his attorney, Larry Moore, said Wednesday in an
interview with The Associated Press.
Moore said Polehinke understands he faces extremely long odds.
Polehinke suffered brain damage, the loss of his left leg and
numerous broken bones after the Comair jet he was steering crashed
while trying to take off from a runway that was too short.
Moore says he remembers Polehinke talking about his goal to
return to work the first time they met, in November 2006 while the
pilot was getting treatment at a Lexington hospital.
"He spoke about it that day," Moore said. "He wanted to beat
this thing and fly again. That was his passion. Jim has a love for
flying. He has a love for life, a very strong determination to
achieve every level of recovery he could possibly make."
Even if Polehinke were able to cross the medical hurdles, which
Moore said is a long way off, it's uncertain what steps he would
need to take to return his pilot's license to good standing. Moore
said he believes Polehinke's license has expired.