47 Passengers, Two Crew Were Fatally Injured In Departure
Families of some of the passengers who were aboard Comair Flight
5191, which crashed on departure from Blue Grass Airport in
Lexington, KY, on August 27th, 2006, broke ground last week on a
memorial dedicated to those lost on the flight. The flight was
operated by Comair under a codeshare arrangement with Delta
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The relatives of the passengers were joined by Kentucky Governor
Steve Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry. The event marked
the 4th anniversary of the accident in which 49 of the 50 people on
board the aircraft were killed.
The NTSB determined that the aircraft was cleared to take off
from Lexington's runway 22, but attempted departure from runway 26,
which was not long enough for the Canadair regional jet.
The Associated Press reports that the planned memorial is a
metal sculpture which will stand 17 feet tall and consist of 49
ascending doves. It is hoped that it will be completed by the 5th
anniversary of the accident next year. Governor Beshear said the
state will make $100,000 available for the sculpture, which is
estimated to be about a third of its cost.