49 killed in Continental Airlines Crash In Buffalo

On Thursday, 12 February Continental Airlines’ flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, in the suburbs of Buffalo, New York shortly after 10 pm. 49 people died in the crash including 4 crew members, all passengers on board and one person on the ground.


Photo: Buffalo News

According to the first official news, the plane reported serious technical problems when it approached Buffalo airport. People who live near the crash scene said the sound of the engines was strange and shortly before the crash there was a thunderous explosion. Other witnesses claim the strange engine sounds had stopped for a few seconds, right before the actual crash at 10:20 pm.

After the plane crashed into a building, surrounding houses were also evacuated as they caught fire, too. The flames could be seen from miles away.


Photo: Buffalo News

The house the plane crashed into was completely flattened. Nobody on board survived the crash.

The airplane was a Bombardier Dash-8 (also known as DHC-8 or Q400), flying as Continental Connection Flight CJC 3407, operated by Colgan Air, registration number N200WQ, built in 2008.

Read more on Buffalo News.

By Szafi


2 Responses to “49 killed in Continental Airlines Crash In Buffalo”

  1. 1 balint01 February 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    It was only a month ago in mid-January 2009 that Pinnacle subsidiary Colgan Airways ordered 15 Q400s valued at approximately $432 million for delivery between August 2010 and April 2011 with excersising options and conditional options with Bombardier. Pinnacle still holds options for a further 15 Q400s for delivery in 2011.

  2. 2 szafi February 13, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Yep, and Malev ordered exactly those Q400s that SAS grounded last year after several accidents.

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