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Aug 27, 2014 12:05 PM

Flight 5191 Crash Remembered Quietly On 8th Anniversary

Eight years ago, a tragedy changed the lives of countless people when a flight bound for Georgia crashed leaving Lexington's Blue Grass Airport.

Fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, were all onboard Comair Flight 5191 when the plane took off from the wrong runway on Aug. 27, 2006. Today, families have chosen to remember this tragedy in their own ways.

The only thing at the Arboretum memorial for the crash of 5191 on Wednesday morning are white roses draped over two of the victims' names: Jonathan and Scarlett Hooker who died the morning after they were married.

It was just after 6 a.m. that Sunday when the Comair flight bound for Atlanta took off from the wrong runway and crashed in a field near Blue Grass Airport.

49 people lost their lives. The only survivor was first officer James Polehinke.

In the years since, there have been multiple fundraisers, memorials and tributes to the victims. One of them was a tournament held earlier this month to remember Fenton Dawson who loved to play volleyball.

"It's just an amazing thing and it's a true tribute to how good he was and how many people he touched, and how far that goes 8 years later," said Stephanie Clark, event organizer.

In the first couple of years after the crash, there were memorials and public get togethers to reflect, but in the years since, families and friends have chosen to handle the anniversary much more privately.

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