Air crash kills dozens

Dozens of people perished when a Comair flight crashed about one mile from Lexington's airport Sunday morning shortly after takeoff.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 27, 2006


Dozens of people perished when a Comair flight crashed about one mile from Lexington's airport Sunday morning shortly after takeoff.

Comair Flight 5191 was carrying 47 passengers and three crew members. At least one person survived. Comair is a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.

The CRJ-200 regional jet crashed in a field near the Blue Grass Airport about at 6:07 a.m.. The jet was headed for Atlanta, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

There was no immediate word on what caused the crash. Light rain was blanketing the area at the time. The plane was mostly intact when it landed, and the passengers and crew appeared to be still on the plane. A fire occurred on board the plane.

Reports from the University of Kentucky hospital said one survivor was in critical condition, and no additional survivors have been brought to the hospital.

Chaplains serving the airport were on the scene offering prayers as emergency crews moved the bodies to a temporary morgue set up at the scene.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were planning to investigate the crash.


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