Crash of Flight 5191

Governor visits site, reassures travelers

Gov. Ernie Fletcher yesterday said those who responded to the crash of Comair Flight 5191 were "remarkable and heroic."

Fletcher, who cut short a trip to Germany to return to Kentucky after the crash, also said he was going to meet with family members last night to offer any assistance the state can give.

Fletcher met with airport officials, including executive director Mike Gobb, and said he recommends looking at permanently closing the airport's shorter, general aviation runway, which has been temporarily closed since the crash of Comair Flight 5191.

He also made a point of noting that he flew to Lexington on a Delta commuter flight and wanted to assure travelers the airport is safe.

"We've had a very unusual occurrence here, and we want to make sure it never happens again," Fletcher said.

He said after meeting emergency personnel that he was humbled by their stoic demeanor and dedication.

"The mood is solid there. There's an element of disbelief," he said. "When you see that, it really brings the level of this tragedy home."

He visited the crash site and was moved: "Words can't express what you feel when you see something like that."

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