Flight 5191: Funerals, Lawsuits Begin

Published: Sep. 1, 2006 at 4:58 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2006 at 6:13 PM CDT
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New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

A husband and wife, killed in the crash of Flight 5191, were buried Friday in Stanford in south-central Kentucky.

Clark and Bobbie Sue Benton were two of 49 people killed in the Sunday morning crash. The couple were on their way to Aruba. The trip was a 50th birthday present from husband to wife.

More than 300 people attended the funeral. The Reverend Wayne Galloway said they loved and respected each other, and were devoted Christians.

A memorial is planned for Friday afternoon in Lexington, for Larry Turner, another crash victim. Turner oversaw the University of Kentucky's extension service.

The start of the funerals coincied with a lawsuit filed Friday, by one of the victim's families, blaming Comair for the crash.

The family, who lost their mother in the plane crash is suing the airline and others.

The suit alleges that Rebecca Adams had "conscious pain and suffering" as the plane crashed and burned.

Attorneys from a Chicago aviation law firm filed a protective order Friday, to preserve all evidence from Comair Flight 1591. The lawsuit was also filed against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board and Airport Corporation.

The suit accuses Comair of negligence.

Rebecca's son Joshua Adams says, "We're here today because we want answers. We want to know what happened the morning of August 27th, to cause our mother and 48 others to die unnecessarily."

A 41-year-old native of Daviess County, Kentucky is also one of the victims. Bart Frederick is survived by ten- and 15-year-old daughters, and a seven-year-old son, who live in Danville.

Frederick's family is holding a visitation until 8:00 Friday night. The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11:00 am at the church. Both will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Danville.

The airline declined to comment on the suit.

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