LATE BREAKING NEWS: Plane With 48 Aboard Crashes in Buffalo

Friday, February 13, 2009 Last Update: 12:37 AM ET
Source The New York Times

Plane crashes into a house 4 miles from airport.

 

A plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y., near Buffalo on Thursday night

A plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y., near Buffalo on Thursday night

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.

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Cat survives trip from China in cargo crate

Feline chews through box, spends at least 35 days amid motorcycle gear

Updated: 4:53 p.m. ET May 12, 2007

I found this article very interesting as I didn’t think cats could survive 35 days without food but then pets always seem to amaze me. I thought this was an intereting article to share, especially for pet owners like me.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – After Eric Congdon opened a crate from China and discovered a cat inside, coming up with a name for the furry stowaway was easy.

China the cat had chewed through one of the boxes before it left Shanghai on April 3 and spent at least 35 days on a ship inside the container filled with motorcycle gear.

“I saw something in the container move,” Congdon said. “I turned up the headlights on the fork lift to get a better look.”

That was when he saw the cat cowering in a corner, weak but still alive. Congdon, owner of Olympia Moto Sports in Hendersonville, said he and a co-worker called the county’s animal services when the cat would not let them near.

A co-worker of Congdon’s plans to adopt China, as animal service workers are calling her, if she checks out with a veterinarian. North Carolina law says any animal coming into the country must be vaccinated and quarantined for six months.

“We have to take precautions,” said animal services manager Brenda Miller.

How could China survive for so long on no food and water?

“Usually we say that animals can only survive a few weeks without food and only a few days without water,” said Raleigh veterinarian Michelle Misavage. “The theory is that cats have such good kidneys their bodies adjust to the lack of water and somehow they received small amounts of moisture from condensation.”

Information source: MSNBC.com