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Plane Crash Kills 50

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on February 13, 2009

jer1Tragedy strikes again to a fiery plane which has crashed down in Upstate New York. They were almost there but unfortunately went into a tragic landing nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo.

Historically, this was the nation’s first fatal crash of a commercial airliner in 2 ½ years. 49 people aboard and a person in the home were lost after the deadly landing.

According to the witnesses they 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.”

“Continental extends its deepest sympathy to the family members and loved ones of those involved in this accident,” Continental chairman and CEO Larry Kellner said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family members and loved ones of those involved in the flight 3407 tragedy.”

The 9/11 widow on board was identified as Beverly Eckert. She was heading to Buffalo for a celebration of what would have been her husband’s 58th birthday, said Mary Fetchet, a 9/11 family activist.

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One Response to “Plane Crash Kills 50”

  1. ajlouny said

    wow that’s horrible. you never think that that kinda thing would ever happen so close to home until it actually does. RIP to the passengers of flight 3407

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