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Families break ground on Comair 5191 memorial

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JEFFREY McMURRAY | August 27, 2010 12:27 PM EST | AP


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Relatives of some victims of Comair Flight 5191 are marking the four-year anniversary of the deadly crash by breaking ground on a memorial.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony Friday morning. The 17-foot metal sculpture depicting 49 ascending doves is expected to be completed in time for the fifth anniversary next year.

Beshear says the state is pledging $100,000 for the project – more than a third of the anticipated cost.

Forty-nine of the 50 people onboard were killed when the plane crashed at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport after the pilots tried to depart from the wrong runway.