Flight 5191 Services: 200 Attendees - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Flight 5191 Services: 200 Attendees

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE, FRI, 10:45 AM: Memorial services are held to remember those who died on Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington.  

Candles were lit for each of the 49 Comair Flight 5191 victims at a church in Lexington Thursday night.

The lights were turned down as names were read aloud with each candle. A prayer was also offered for first officer James Polehinke, the lone survivor who is fighting for his life at UK Hospital.

Governor Ernie Fletcher attended the ceremony at Centenary United Methodist Church and offered a prayer for the victims' families, some of whom he met earlier in the day.

About 200 people attended the ceremony. It's one of several special ceremonies being held this week as a response to Sunday's crash.

Members of the victims' families grieved at a private memorial service. Busloads of mourners were escorted to the Lexington opera house, for a private memorial service.

Family members and first responders were shielded from the media by umbrellas, as they entered and left the opera house.

UPDATE, WED, 6:15 AM: A ceremony was held Tuesday, for the 49 lives lost in a deadly plane crash in Kentucky.

Dozens of employees from Blue Grass Airport, and members of the Lexington Police Department, came out to pay their respects to the victims who perished in the accident.

A white banner was placed on a mound less than a mile from where Comair Flight 5191 crashed Sunday.

There was also a prayer service Tuesday night, at a church in Lexington.

UPDATE, TUE, 2:30 PM: A coroner says he thinks most of the 49 victims of Comair Flight 5191 died on impact.

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday morning at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport, killing 49 people.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said autopsies on the victims revealed that most were killed by blunt force trauma.

He previously said he thought the victims died in the fire that engulfed the plane after it collided with some trees near the end of runway 26.

Ginn said he doesn't know when all 49 bodies will be identified.

Following is an updated list of those killed on Flight 5191.

UPDATE, TUE, 1:00 PM: 14 News has an updated list of the victims of Comair Flight 5191, according to family, friends and the passenger manifest provided by Comair:

  • Captain Jeffrey Adam Clay of Burlington, KY, hired by Comair in 1999.
  • Kelly J. Heyer, 27, of Cincinnati, flight attendant hired by Comair in 2004.
  • Jon Hooker, 27, of London, KY, a newlywed leaving on his honeymoon.
  • Scarlett Parsley, 23, of London, KY, who had married Hooker in a ceremony Saturday.
  • Mike Finley, 52, of Corbin, KY, owner of Finley Fun Center.
  • Charles Lykins of Naples, FL.
  • W. "Les" Morris II of Lexington, KY
  • Larry Turner of Lexington, KY, associate Dean for University of Kentucky Extension and Director of Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Pat Smith, 58, a member of Habitat for Humanity International's board of directors.
  • George Brunacini, of Albuquerque, NM, owner of Bona Terra Farms in Georgetown, KY.
  • Jeff Williams, 49, a horse trainer working at Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, KY.
  • Dan Mallory, 55, of Bourbon County, KY, who ran Meadow Haven Farm.
  • Judy Ann Rains, of Richmond, KY.
  • Paige Winters, 16, of Leawood, KS.
  • Thomas Fahey, 26, of Leawood, KS.
  • Carole Bizzack, 64, of Lexington, KY, wife of an Eastern Kentucky University Regent.
  • Marcie Thomason, 25, of Washington, D.C., daughter of Bill Thomason, administrative manager of Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, KY.
  • Homer Combs Sr. of Lexington, KY, vice president of Systems Design Group.
  • Diane Combs of Lexington, KY, wife of Homer Combs and an employee of Systems Design Group.
  • C.W. Fortney II, an Air Tran pilot from Stanton, KY.
  • Cecile Moscoe of Lexington, KY, an account representative with Lexington-based public safety equipment maker Galls.
  • Robert I. "Bobby" Meaux of Lexington, KY, an account representative with Galls.
  • Erik Harris of Lexington, KY, a sales team leader with Galls.
  • Priscilla Johnson of Lexington, KY, an auditor with Galls.
  • Gregory Threet, 35, of Lexington, KY.
  • Brian Byrd, of Richmond, KY.
  • Betty B. Young, of Lexington, KY.
  • Randy Towles, of Watertown, NY.
  • Tetsuya "Tetsu" Kono, 34, of Lexington, KY, an employee of LBX Co.
  • Nahoko Kono, 31, wife of Tetsuya Kono.
  • Clark Benton, 48, of Stanford, KY.
  • Bobbi Benton, 50, of Stanford, KY, wife of Clark Benton.
  • Lyle Anderson, 55, of Ottawa, Ontario, a harness race horse owner.
  • Christina Anderson, 49, of Ottawa, Canada (not related to Lyle Anderson).
  • Fenton Dawson, of Lexington, KY.
  • Kaye Craig Morris of Lexington, KY.
  • Bart Frederick, of Danville.
  • Arnold Andrews, 64, of Tampa, senior vice president of WestCare.
  • Lynda McKee, of Richmond, worked at Pattie A. Clay Hospital.
  • Holly Gilbert, general manager of Finley's Fun Centers in London.
  • Timothy Snoddy, 51, owner of Snoddy Consulting Inc. in Ashland, where he was a CPA, forensic accountant, business valuator and litigation consultant.
  • JoAnn Wright, a medical office receptionist, of Cincinnati.
  • Michael N. Ryan
  • Jane Silas
  • Timothy Craig
  • Rebecca Adams
  • Anne Marie Bailey
  • Victoria Washington
  • Morris Leslie

14 News has obtained a list of some of the victims of Comair Flight 5191:

  • Captain Jeffrey Adam Clay of Burlington, KY, hired by Comair in November 1999, according to Comair.
  • Kelly J. Heyer, 27, of Cincinnati. Flight attendant working for the airline since 2004, according to Comair.
  • Jon Hooker, 27, of London, KY. Former University of Kentucky pitcher, married in Lexington Saturday night, according to former Kentucky baseball coach, Keith Madison.
  • Scarlett Parsley, 23, of London, KY. Married Hooker in ceremony on Saturday night, according to former Kentucky baseball coach, Keith Madison.
  • Mike Finley, 52, of Corbin, KY. Owner of Finley Fun Center, according to his son, David Taylor.
  • Charles Lykins of Naples, FL, according to friend Paul Richardson of Winchester, KY.
  • Les Morris of Lexington, KY, according to son-in-law Rick Queen.
  • Larry Turner of Lexington, KY, associate Dean for University of Kentucky Extension and Director of Cooperative Extension Service, according to a University of Kentucky statement.
  • Pat Smith, 58, a member of Habitat for Humanity International's board of directors, according to Habitat for Humanity.
  • George Brunacini, of Albuquerque, NM, owner of Bona Terra Farms in Georgetown, KY, according to a female family member that didn't wish to be identified.
  • Jeff Williams, 49, horse trainer who won 13 stakes races at River Downs in Cincinnati, was working at Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, according to his brother Kim.
  • Paige Winters, 16, Leawood, KS. In KY to find a new horse for the high school junior.
  • Winters' riding teacher, 26-year-old Thomas Fahey.
  • The lone survivor, first officer James Polehinke, is listed in critical condition at the UK hospital following surgery.

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