The Comair Crash – Today In Southern History

27 August 2006 

On this date in 2006…

Comair Flight 5191 crashed on takeoff from Blue Grass International Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 were confirmed dead from the crash. Only the flight’s first officer survived. 

Other Years:
  • 1667 – The earliest recorded hurricane in North America struck Jamestown, Virginia.
  • 1861 – The Battle of Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina began.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Second Manassas, Virginia began.
  • 1881 – A hurricane struck Florida and the Carolinas. It is estimated that more than 700 people were killed.
  • 1955 – While visiting family in Mississippi, fourteen-year-old Chicago resident Emmett Till was beaten, shot, and dumped in the Tallahatchie River for alleged lewd behavior.
  • 1986 – Texas baseball legend Nolan Ryan, while playing for the Houston Astros, earned his 250th career win against the Chicago Cubs.

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