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Blood drive to commemorate 10th anniversary of Comair Flight 5191 crash

The 5191 memorial sculpture at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, on Alumni Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Monday, August, 27, 2012. The memorial sculpture was created by artist Douwe Blumberg. Comair Flight 5191 crashed on the morning of August 27, 2006, killing all 47 passengers and 2 of the 3 flight crew members.
The 5191 memorial sculpture at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, on Alumni Dr. in Lexington, Ky., Monday, August, 27, 2012. The memorial sculpture was created by artist Douwe Blumberg. Comair Flight 5191 crashed on the morning of August 27, 2006, killing all 47 passengers and 2 of the 3 flight crew members. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The American Red Cross and The Campbell House will hold a blood drive Friday to mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Comair Flight 5191 crash at Blue Grass Airport.

The second annual Campbell House Hotel Community Blood Drive is dedicated to the memory of the 47 passengers and two crew members who died in the crash, sole survivor Jim Polehinke and those who provided support to passengers’ families, according to a news release from the American Red Cross.

Comair Flight 5191 crashed on the morning of August 27, 2006, when the passenger jet carrying 50 people attempted take off from the wrong runway . Investigators ruled the likely cause of the crash as pilot error in the National Transportation Safety Board’s report. According to the cockpit voice recorder, first officer Polehinke was piloting at the time of the crash.

After the crash, families of the victims gathered at The Campbell House on South Broadway to receive briefings from the NTSB and assistance from the American Red Cross.

Blood donors are welcome from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the hotel, located at 1375 S. Broadway. Donors can make an appointment by calling 1 800-RED-CROSS, visiting redcrossblood.org or downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app with sponsor code CampbellHouseLEX. Walk-in donors are welcome.

All donors will receive a T-shirt and access to discounted tickets to ten Cedar Fair theme parks, including King’s Island and Cedar Point. The company will donate $2 from each discounted ticket to the Red Cross.

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