As the investigation continued into the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., two more individuals connected with the Thoroughbred industry have been identified as victims of the crash.
The plane, which went down in a field about a mile from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport the morning of Aug. 27, included Anne Marie Bailey, a Canadian veterinary technician, and Dr. Larry Turner, associate dean for extension and director of the cooperative extension service at the University of Kentucky's college of agriculture.
A resident of Lexington, Turner had worked closely with Gene Clabes, equine director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, on an assignment called the UK Equine Initiative. Forming a partnership between the college of agriculture and the horse industry, Turner built a strong business relationship with Clabes while conducting listening sessions and formulating new strategies for academics, research, and service at the University of Kentucky.
"Larry had been very instrumental in trying to work with extension agents to broaden the extension program for the equine industry," said Clabes. "We deeply appreciated his involvement in that. We were concerned in the beginning that the extension service equine programs were lacking and (Turner) was willing to listen to us and try and make some changes. For that, we at KEEP and the horse industry in the state owe a deep debt of gratitude."
Turner is also the author of over 240 journal articles, papers, extension publications, and other publications and materials. He formerly worked on his family farm in Indiana, where he began a private consulting engineering practice. With his father, Turner shared management for overall operations for the 1500-acre Ohio River bottom farm including row crop, alfalfa, beef cattle, hog, and tobacco operations.
A native of Rising Sun, Ind., Larry is survived by his wife, Lois; and three children: Molly, Amy, and Clay.
Bailey, 49, of Langley was one of three Canadians to die in the crash. Spending six years as part of a three person medical team at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, Bailey was flying back from a conference specializing in horse care.
Her employer, veterinarian Ed Wiebe, had received a call from colleagues in Kentucky confirming Bailey was on the plane, according to the Canadian TV Web site. Her husband, Michael Simard, went to Lexington to handle arrangements.