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Documentary featuring 5191 co-pilot holds Lexington screening


The "Sole Survivor" crew is taking the documentary to the cities affected by the crashes in the film. So far, there have been screenings in Detroit and Minneapolis. On Thursday night, the Lexington screening will begin and the people in the audience will hear Comair 5191 First Officer Jim Polehinke's first public interview about the crash.

"The accident, again, is as fresh as it was yesterday," Jim Polehinke said in his interview.

The film features an extensive interview with Polehinke and his wife Ida. Polehinke was the only person pulled alive from the wreckage of flight 5191 in August of 2006.

"His conviction as a pilot was so great that he would rather have gone down with the ship," Ida Polehinke said.

The NTSB ruled that the flight crew was responsible for the crash. Polehinke says the burden of the 49 other people killed on that flight is something he carries with him each day.

"If I'm not doing something and I'm not involved with an activity, my mind goes back to August 27, 2006 because there are a lot of 'why' questions that aren't answered and will probably never get answered," Polehinke said in the interview.

In the film, he says he doesn't recall anything after he told Captain Jeffrey Clay to set thrust for takeoff. He does apologize to the families, saying he wishes the crew hadn't made the mistake of lining up for takeoff on the wrong runway.

"He kept that article with all the pictures of people's faces and profiles in his chair with pictures of the crash," Ida Polehinke said in the interview.

"Sole Survivor" will have its official world premiere at a film festival in Traverse City, MI later this month.


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