Friday, February 13, 2009 Last Update:
A Continental Express flight from Newark to Buffalo crashed into a house about 4 miles from the Buffalo airport on Thursday night, according to a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.
The plane carried 48 passengers and crew, said the spokesman, Ted Lopatkiewicz. He said he did not know if there had been any survivors, or any casualties on the ground. The plane went down in light snow, he said.
The Buffalo News, citing a source at the airport there, reported that 49 people — 44 passengers, 4 crew members and 1 on the ground — were killed.
Trooper John Manthey with the New York State Police in Clarence said the plane went down about 10:10 p.m., into a house in the hamlet of Clarence Center, striking a house.
The plane was a Dash 8, a two-engined turboprop, operated by Colgan Airways, as a feeder airline for Continental.
A Safety Board team of investigators will arrive in Buffalo on Friday morning, Mr. Lopatkiewicz said.