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Families of Flight 5191 victims react to 'Sole Survivor' documentary screening


Flight 5191 first officer and sole survivor Jim Polehinke and his wife Ida

Flight 5191 first officer and sole survivor Jim Polehinke and his wife Ida

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A documentary featuring an interview with the only survivor of Comair Flight 5191 had a screening Thursday in Lexington.

The highly anticipated documentary brought hundreds out to the Kentucky Theatre on Thursday night. Viewers included everyone from NTSB officials to family members of the victims.

The officer pilot of Comair 5191 and sole survivor of the crash, Jim Polehinke, spoke in the documentary about that day and what his life has been like since.

Some of the victims family members say Polehinke's words reopened their emotional wounds from that day, while others said they found closure in what Polehinke had to say.

"To see him, if he does remember everything, it would've been nice if he would have come forward earlier. The one positive thing is when he looked at the camera and said 'I'm sorry,' I felt like he was talking to me," said Marion Queen, whose father and stepmother died in the crash.

"It's good to know that the last person to see my father alive is still trying to do something good with his life," said Matthew Snoddy, whose father died in the crash.

The world premiere of this documentary will be on July 27 at the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan.


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