Comair Survivor Talks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The co-pilot of the plane that crashed last week in Lexington, Kentucky is conscious, and he's talking to family members -- but they say he hasn't mentioned the crash that killed the other 49 people on board.

A family friend says James Polehinke can only move his head, and his eyes often fill with tears. And the friend says Polehinke has asked, "Why did God do this to me?"

The friend says Polehinke just regained consciousness Tuesday, and he says doctors have encouraged family members not to ask Polehinke about the crash.

Federal investigators say he was at the controls when the Comair regional jet took off from the wrong runway -- one that was too short. It crashed and caught fire in a nearby field, and Polehinke was pulled to safety from the broken cockpit.

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