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Fiery plane crash in upstate NY kills 50

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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CLARENCE, N.Y. – A Continental commuter plane coming in for a landing nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo, sparking a fiery explosion that killed all 49 people aboard and a person in the home. It was the nation's first fatal crash of a commercial airliner in 2 1/2 years.

Witnesses heard the twin turboprop aircraft sputtering before it went down in light snow and fog around 10:20 p.m. Thursday about five miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., came in squarely through the roof of the house, its tail section visible through flames shooting at least 50 feet high.

"The whole sky was lit up orange," said Bob Dworak, who lives less than a mile away. "All the sudden, there was a big bang, and the house shook."

Two others in the house escaped with minor injuries. The plane was carrying a four-member crew and an off-duty pilot. Among the 44 passengers killed was a woman whose husband died in the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.......

*My heart goes out to these people and their families*

by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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wvuchick430
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:09 AM

im sorryTo all those families. My thoughts and prayers are with them!


AJSMOM722
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM

how sad...im sorrypraying


MommyLoca
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:15 AM

 

      What an awful tradegy. My heart gose out to the victims family's. They are in my thoughts & prayers

 I know this can happen any were but wow  kind of close for comfort I am only about 35-80 mins away from clarence and  in my 32 yrs of living this has never happened here.

it is so sad and I cant imagine the sorrow and pain the famlies are going through.

skisbufly1
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Thats so sad....im sorry 


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jdscirto
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I know so sad. I live in the next town over.

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