Crash of Flight 5191

‘Toledo’ word mystery gets 2 solutions

Documents released yesterday explain the “Toledo” mystery -- sort of -- that emerged after the crash of Comair Flight 5191.

Soon after the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board told family members of crash victims that the pilots had called out the city “Toledo,” even though they were in Lexington and headed to Atlanta. Later, Terry Williams, a spokesman for the NTSB, said that Toledo had been a mistake and that he did not know where the erroneous information had come from.

Transcripts released yesterday attribute the confusion to a garbled word. As co-pilot James Polehinke radioed the control tower that Flight 5191 was ready for takeoff, he said, “(something unintelligible) Comair one twenty one ready to go.” Polehinke used the wrong flight number.

In an FAA version of the transcript, also released yesterday, the unintelligible word is believed to be “Toledo.” In the NTSB version, it’s “churliser,” or “at your leisure,” spoken very fast.

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