James Polehinke: alive, but in critic...
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abc

United States

#45 Apr 4, 2007
Josephine wrote:
I actually knew Jim Polehinke. Not well, but I had several conversations with him. He was a good guy and was genuine. There are many factors in this accident...it is easy for us (that are not pilots) to place the blame but we don't know enough to entirely blame him and the circumstances. One thing to keep in mind is he was the co-pilot and what the report says is that the pilot drove to the wrong runway and then gave him the controls to take off. Another thing to consider is he was given the wrong map of the airport by Comair (not his fault) and the air traffic controller gave him permission for take off....There are many factors that contributed to the horrible accident. Whoever said he should go to jail...shame on you. This poor guy just lost his leg, will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, will spend months recovering in agony and will have to relive this accident every day for the rest of his life....and it was just that, an accident.
I actually knew two people on the flight..VERY well. The past 7 months have been the worst of my life and believe it or not I've spent this time forcing myself to sympathize with Mr. Polehinke. Comments that people like you leave only make me want to do the opposite. Sure, I pity that he will live with this for the rest of his life but I refuse to pity him for losing a leg and a couple months out of his life. Out of the 49 people that were killed, he's lucky to even get a leg. He's lucky to get a chance. Don't shame people for wishing him a greater punishment than pity. And don't represent him.
abc

United States

#46 Apr 5, 2007
Please do not misconstrue my post. I am praying for him and what I meant was that I have been trying to sympathize with him through it all. I just plead that people who leave such crude comments to put some thought into them and think about the people reading them. Having lost a loved one, it sometimes makes me feel better to find other people online that were one the plane. I beg to the people who didn't lose a loved one to understand: our views on the accident are different. There is nothing you can do to change that fact. We cannot simply accept it was an accident and we cannot simply deny the slightest feeling of resentment, it's only natural. Believe it or not, it's a mourning process and unless you have something nice and hopeful to say to him, please let this site be used for something that he could bear reading. I pity him for the fact that he will be living with this loss for the rest of his life, but like I said before, he is lucky. He should cherish what's left of his entire life. Though he may think he's old, He's not. He's got at least 16 more years. I think we, just as he, owe it to them to live the rest of our lives to the fullest.
AntiFlag

Cincinnati, OH

#47 Jun 1, 2007
I just read the Bluegrass controllers are working record hours of overtime since the accident.
DrJ

Wyalusing, PA

#48 Aug 1, 2007
No one can know what it is like to walk in his shoes. Anger and hate hurt you more than it hurts the other person. As you work through your grief, I hope you can find peace. DrJ
Bing

Winchester, KY

#49 May 6, 2012
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Sad

Richmond, KY

#50 May 6, 2012
abc wrote:
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I actually knew two people on the flight..VERY well. The past 7 months have been the worst of my life and believe it or not I've spent this time forcing myself to sympathize with Mr. Polehinke. Comments that people like you leave only make me want to do the opposite. Sure, I pity that he will live with this for the rest of his life but I refuse to pity him for losing a leg and a couple months out of his life. Out of the 49 people that were killed, he's lucky to even get a leg. He's lucky to get a chance. Don't shame people for wishing him a greater punishment than pity. And don't represent him.
I lost four very close friends on this flight and I must say that while it rips your heart out to know what happened and what those last moments were like for the 49 on board, imagine what guilt and pain Mr. Polehinke must suffer as well. Grief and anger is a part of the process, but never would I think he would have wanted something like this to happen or that he could be any way responsible for the deaths of those in his stead. He has to live with that on a daily basis. I honestly do not know which would be more tragic fate (survivor grief/guilt is very common in the military or those who have survived incidents that those you loved didn't-- and it is Hell)... but I see both sides and pray for peace for both sides-- family and friends of the victims as well as the flight crew/pilots and their family. Tearing anyone down will not bring back what was lost-- and forgiving/letting go is the hardest part of that process.

Blessings and Respect to each of you.

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