Memorial stands 5 years after tragic plane crash in Lexington

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- A memorial now stands in honor of the 49 lives lost when Comair Flight 5191 crashed during takeoff from Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, Ky.

The tragedy happened August 27th, 2006. On the five year anniversary, family, friends and many in the community gathered for the unveiling of the special tribute. It's made up of 49 birds taking flight toward heaven and sits inside the arboretum on the University of Kentucky campus.

Matthew Snoddy's dad was on board the flight. He says it was their goal to have the tribute in place on the 5th anniversary. "Our 5191 family forged from the tragedy 5 years ago can say it has a touchstone, a place to call our own that we can come to and reflect or come to and rejoice" Snoddy said.

Debra Hersman with the NTSB was also at the ceremony and spoke. She told the families, "this memorial is not just about what was lost." Out of the investigation into the crash, 10 recommendations were made to the Federal Aviation Administration regarding changes that needed to be made to make aviation safer.

The co-pilot on the flight was the only survivor onboard.