Habitat For Humanity continues to honor Comair flight 5191 victim

Habitat For Humanity continues to honor Comair flight 5191 victim
Pat Smith was killed in the Comair flight 5191 crash in Lexington in 2006. (Source: WLEX)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WAVE) - It’s been 13-years this month since 49 people died in a tragic plane crash in Lexington.

Former Lexington Habitat for Humanity President Pat Smith was among the 49 passengers killed in the Comair Flight crash at Blue Grass Airport. Even after his death, Smith’s legacy lives on.

Tom Little worked for Pat for many years on the Lexington Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.

“It took a special human being to do the things he did and be the person he was,” Little explained.

Smith was known as a pioneer in the fight for safe and affordable housing across Lexington and the world. Smith was on his way to rebuild homes in the Gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina. He boarded Comair Flight 5191 on that fateful day in August of 2006.

“My heart just sank. It was unthinkable. The loss...it was just profound,” said Little.

Through the pain that followed such a prolific loss came a silver lining. The Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund was born. The money is used to sponsor Habitat homes in Lexington and pay for international mission trips.

“You know that even though he’s not there physically his spirit his mission his desire is being carried out. People are getting homes,” Little said.

To donate to the Pat Smith Endowment Fund, click here.

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