UNFINISHED JOURNEYS: FLIGHT 5191 REMEMBERED
Published Sept. 3, 2006

Many Kentuckians weren’t awake yet about 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, when Comair Flight 5191 ran out of runway, barely taking flight before hitting the ground, scraping the earth and exploding. Forty-nine passengers died.

As Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac said, “We don’t just sympathize with the families and friends of the victims; we are the families and friends of the victims.” By week’s end, answers to some questions – like why and how – were at least partially answered. Unaware pilots took a wrong, too-short runway. Back turned, the air traffic controller didn’t see the fatal error. Solace was hard to find as families took to burying their dead.

Click the play triangle at right for an audio slideshow looking back at this tragic week.

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