Crash of Flight 5191

Flight 5191 memorial to be dedicated on fifth anniversary of crash

A memorial to the 49 people who died in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington will be dedicated Aug. 27, the fifth anniversary of the disaster, the commission in charge of the memorial announced Thursday.

In addition, a fund has been established to cover ongoing expenses and maintenance costs for the memorial.

The 17-foot-tall memorial will depict 49 birds in flight at the University of Kentucky Arboretum off Cooper Drive.

The cost of the memorial’s creation and installation have been covered by past donations, but the new fund will cover ongoing expenses and upkeep of the sculpture, as well as the addition of a contemplative sitting area surrounding the sculpture.

Ray Garman, chairman of the 5191 Memorial Commission, said the goal is to raise $150,000 for the fund, which would serve as an endowment. Interest from the endowment would pay for maintenance of the memorial.

Contributions, which are tax-deductible, may be made through the Bluegrass Community Foundation ( or at any Central Bank location.

Comair Flight 5191 crashed after taking off on the wrong runway at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport, killing all but one on board.

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