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Flight 5191 families hope 'Sole Survivor' will provide answers


ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WKYT) - It was one of the darkest days in Kentucky history, the 2006 crash of Comair flight 5191 near Blue Grass airport. Wednesday night, a documentary that includes an interview with the only survivor of that crash will have its first public screening.

"Sole Survivor" will be shown at a theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The filmmaker is bringing screenings of "Sole Survivor" to several cities where the disasters happened.

In 1987, Northwest Airlines flight 255 crashed on takeoff in Detroit, killing 156 people, but sparing a 4-year-old girl. The film is about sole survivors of plane crashes and their personal journeys after the disasters.

Wednesday night is the first time anyone's seen the documentary featuring a lengthy interview with Comair 5191 first officer Jim Polehinke.

It's been about six and a half years since 49 of the 50 people aboard flight 5191 were killed and family members still have questions.

Lois Turner's husband died in the crash, "I would like to understand, if at all possible, how, how it was that they missed so many signals."

Michael Snoody's father died in the crash, he hopes the film sheds light about First Officer Jim Polehinke. "We've been kind of in the dark about Jim. We haven't heard much, if anything, since the crash," said Snoody.

NTSB investigators said they were unable to interview Polehinke about the crash because he was medically unfit at the time. His wife told them he didn't remember the crash. Now, we'll hear from Polehinke for the first time.

In a clip from the film, Polehinke said, "If I'm not doing something and I'm not involved with an activity, my mind goes back to August 27, 2006."

It's unclear if the interview will go into what he remembers, but it appears he'll talk a lot about all the lives affected. "My first concern was the passengers that were my responsibility that day," said Polehinke.


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