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Co-pilot survives air crash.

ONE person miraculously survived a plane crash which killed 50 people just after take-off yesterday.

A huge fire engulfed the Comair jet at it plunged into woods, but the body of the plane was intact.

The survivor, believed to be James Polehinke, Flight 5191's co-pilot, is in critical condition.

The plane was carrying 47 passengers and a three person crew but an off duty crew member may also have been on board.

Visibility was good at the time of the crash and it was not raining.

Local reports said the Bombardier Canadair CRJ-100 may have tried to take off from a runway that was too short.

Wreckage investigators near Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Kentucky have found the Atlantabound plane's black boxes.

Coroner Gary Ginn said the deaths were caused by the impact or the fire.

He added: "We are going to say a mass prayer before we begin the work of removing the bodies."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Aug 28, 2006
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