Skip to comments.Passenger jet crashes in Kentucky
Posted on 08/27/2006 6:15:18 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu
A passenger plane carrying 50 people has crashed shortly after taking from an airport in Kentucky.
The Comair CRJ-100 jet, bound for Atlanta, Georgia, went down in woods about a mile (1.6km) from Lexington's Blue Grass airport.
There are a "significant number of casualties" said a spokeswoman for the US Federal Aviation Administration.
Comair Flight 5191 came down just after 0600 (1000 GMT), and emergency crews were sent to the scene.
The plane was carrying 47 passengers and three crew members, the FAA said.
Comair is a unit of Atlanta-based Delta airline.
Fox is now reporting that one person survived but is in critical condition.
One of my classmates flies one of those. Can someone get me a name of the pilot????
I pray it was not your classmate!
There is a thread in Breaking News. Get over there and ask. Folks from the area posting.
I pray that it was nobody's classmate!
Unfortunately it is probably the case that there were many people's classmates killed in this tragedy.
The University of Kentucky hospital is treating one survivor, who is in critical condition, spokesman Jay Blanton said. No other survivors have been brought to the hospital, he said.
Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said the passengers and crew appeared to still be on the plane and the deaths were caused either by the impact or the "hot fire" on board.
"We are going to say a mass prayer before we begin the work of removing the bodies," Ginn said, referring to the chaplains who serve the airport.
Comair is a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines based in the Cincinnati suburb of Erlanger, Ky.
The crash marks the end of what has been called the "safest period in aviation history." There has not been a major crash since Nov. 12, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587 plunged into a residential neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., killing 265 people, including five on the ground.
Globally, or just for the United States? If only for the nation, is Qantas (Australia) still crashless?
why am I hearing about this plane crash in Kentucky from the BBC?
BBC journalists get their news from Free Republic - I think it was posted here first.
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