[ 2006-08-28 09:00 ]
A Comair jet crashed and burned in a Kentucky horse pasture on
Sunday after a failed takeoff, killing all but one of the 50 people
aboard, authorities said.
Comair Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jet similar to the one that
crashed in Lexington, Kentucky, yesterday morning is shown in this
file photo. Comair Flight 5191 went down a mile from Lexington's
airport shortly after takeoff. At least one person survived.
Flight 5191, a Canadair CRJ-100
bound for Atlanta, apparently
used the wrong runway at Blue
Grass Airport, one that was much shorter and not meant to handle
commercial flights, an aviation source said.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and
officials of Comair, a unit of bankrupt Delta Air Lines, declined to
discuss a suspected cause.
There was no indication terrorism was involved, a Transportation
Security Administration official said. Commercial aviation has been on
heightened alert in recent weeks after authorities in London said they
broke up a plot to bomb U.S.-bound trans-Atlantic flights.
Comair Flight 5191 was the third of a dozen early morning takeoffs
scheduled at Lexington. The two previous planes used the longer runway
without incident, the aviation source said.
The airport's two runways -- one 3,400 feet (1 km) long, the other
7,000 feet (2.1 km) -- intersect, and the pilots of the jet made by
Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. had been cleared to use the longer of the
There are indications the ill-fated plane never got airborne and
crashed through a fence before coming to rest in a field, the source said.
The plane exploded into flames, which likely caused most of the deaths,
Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said. "It was horrible to see an airplane
sitting in a field in an unnatural setting," he said.
Forty-nine of the 50 people aboard were killed. One of the two pilots,
first officer James Polehinke, was pulled alive from the wreckage by three
police officers. The survivor was in critical condition, a University of
Kentucky Hospital spokesman said.
Lexington is the center of Kentucky's famed horse breeding industry,
and the area is dotted with pristine farms surrounded by bright white
wooden fences. The nearby Keeneland Race Course was the site of several
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