Flight 5191 Survivor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The doctor treating the lone survivor of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 said he will recover from his injuries, but faces a long recovery.

James Polehinke was the first officer on the flight. Dr. Andrew Bernard at the University of Kentucky says Polehinke "is moving out of the woods," but will require more surgeries to repair broken bones before moving to rehabilitation.

The 44-year-old Polehinke was the co-pilot on the flight, which crashed in a field Aug. 27, 2006, shortly after taking off from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.

Federal aviation investigators have said it appears the plane took off from a runway too short for the plane to attain enough speed to take off.

Bernard says Polehinke remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit and will remain hospitalized for several more weeks before being ready to begin rehabilitation.

Bernard says Polehinke's injuries included a broken breastbone, broken ribs, facial fractures and a collapsed lung, which has healed. A broken left leg, hand, ankle, spine and pelvis will require more surgery.


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