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Families react to hearing from flight 5191 copilot

For flight 5191 families, seeing and hearing from the flight

Jim and Ida Polehinke near their home in Colorado

For flight 5191 families, seeing and hearing from the flight's sole survivor and first officer Jim Polehinke after all these years is difficult.

"Seeing Jim Polehinke brought back a lot of memories of what happened on that August day in 2006," said Lois Turner who lost her husband Larry in the crash that investigators ruled the probable cause was pilot error.

Turner's husband was an associate dean at the University of Kentucky when the plane crashed at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport killing 49 passengers and crew.

For the first time since the crash, Polehinke has talked about the crash. His interview was with a Chicago-based documentary crew.

"I have an article that The Kentucky Herald [The Herald-Leader] had published that shows faces of the people were onboard. It gives profiles," said Polehinke in a clip aired on WKYT.

"He kept that article with all the pictures of the people's faces and their profiles under his chair," added his wife Ida. "And he knows each person, their faces, and their names and what they did, where they were going."

Both Turner and Matthew Snoddy, who lost his father Tim in the crash, say they were moved after hearing that Polehinke wanted to learn about the victims.

"I was surprised to know that he still cared, still thought about those passengers and that used them as a constant reminder," said Snoddy. "That is pretty powerful."

"There were 49 very, very special people on board this plane," said Turner. "I am glad that he was able to learn just a little bit about them."

He's not a family member of a victim, but Lexington Police Officer Bryan Jared wants to meet Polehinke.

The officer, and two others, are credited with saving Polehinke's life.

Jared has not seen or heard from Polehinke since the crash.

"Just like to get to know him, meet him, find out what he's interested in, have a casual conversation," Jared said. "I don't even have to ask about the airplane crash. 5191 has forever changed my life, my family's life, affected a lot of people's lives, and I had an opportunity to make a difference when it comes to him. I just look forward to sitting down, and talking to him."

The director of "Sole Survivors" says Polehinke has told her he would like to meet with the families of crash victims.


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