Commercial plane crashes into house near Buffalo, New York
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February 13, 2009 04:05pm
UPDATE 4.21pm: NEW York state police say a 50-passenger commuter plane has crashed into a home in suburban Buffalo, US. The aircraft has been confirmed as Continental Flight 3407 operated by Colgan Air from Newark to Buffalo.
New York state police say the 50-passenger commuter plane crashed into a home.
It is believed there has been at least one fatality on the ground. The Federal Aviation Authority says that 48 passengers were on board the aircraft.
Twelve nearby homes have been evacuated. There have been reports of "multiple fatalities", but no official toll has yet been released. State Trooper John Manthey says the plane hit a house in Clarence around 10.20pm local time(2.20pm Melbourne time) today. It had been due to land at 10.25pm. A witness told CNN he heard a buzzing noise followed by a large explosion. "It didn't sound right and I couldn't tell if it was a problem with the engine," he said "I knew right away something was wrong … no more than two seconds later there was a large explosion, the foundations of the house shook."
The house is engulfed in flames, the Associated Press reports. Some people on the ground near the crash site were taken to hospital with minor injuries. CNN has reported the plane was running at least two hours behind schedule. It is the second mishap for Continental Airlines in two months, following an incident at Denver where a plane ran off a runway during take-off and landed in a ravine, on December 22. Nearly 40 people in the Boeing 737 suffered injuries ranging from broken bones to bruises in the accident.
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Beverly Eckert, widow of a September 11 attack victim, was aboard the Continental flight to Buffalo, New York, that crashed Thursday night, CNN affiliate WGRZ-TV reported.
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Eckert, a resident of Stamford, Connecticut, is the widow of Buffalo native Sean Rooney, who died in the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. After that attack, Eckert co-founded "Voices of September 11," an advocacy group for survivors and 9/11 families.
She had been traveling to Buffalo for a weekend celebration of what would have been her husband's 58th birthday, according to the Buffalo News -- the first news agency to report her presence on the fatal flight.
Eckert also planned to take part in presenting a scholarship award -- established in honor of her late husband --at Canisius High School. Rooney was a Canisius alumni, according to the school's president, John Knight.
Knight said he couldn't confirm Eckert's presence on the plane. However, he said, the school postponed a scholarship presentation that had been planned for Friday. He said Eckert also had been active in a capital campaign fund-raising effort.
"She struck me as a wonderful, beautiful person who clearly wanted to do something to remember her husband in a way that would have an everlasting impact on our community," Knight said.
Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed late Thursday about 7 miles northeast of Buffalo Niagara International Airport -- killing all 49 passengers and crew members, and one person on the ground.
Chris Kausner, who had a sister on the flight, rushed to the Clarence Municipal Center, where he waited for additional information after emergency teams turned him back from the scene.
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