Crash of Flight 5191

Survivor’s condition upgraded to fair

Medical specialists treating James Polehinke, co-pilot and sole survivor of the Comair Flight 5191 crash, upgraded his condition from serious to fair yesterday morning, said a spokesman for the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Polehinke, 44, has undergone multiple surgeries at UK since the crash Aug. 27. His left leg was amputated last month. “He’s continued to improve clinically,” Jay Blanton said.

Dr. Andrew Bernard, the trauma surgeon treating Polehinke, recently said Polehinke was likely to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation center soon. Blanton said no schedule has been set for Polehinke’s discharge.

Polehinke was at the controls when the flight took off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport, killing 49 passengers and crew members, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Polehinke’s rescuers -- Lexington police Officer Bryan Jared and Officers Jon Sallee and Pete Maupin of the airport’s Department of Public Safety -- are to receive “Hometown Hero” awards from the Kentucky League of Cities on Wednesday.

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