Crash survivor: Watching TV, then roof fell in

February 13, 2009 6:02:18 PM PST
A woman who survived a commuter plane crashing into her suburban Buffalo home said Friday she and her daughter were watching television when the aircraft smashed through the roof, pinning them in the wreckage and likely killing her husband. Karen Wielinski told Buffalo radio station WBEN-AM that she was in the family room of her home in Clarence and her 22-year-old daughter was in an upstairs bedroom when the Continental Airlines commuter plane crashed into their home. Officials have said all 49 people on board and one person in the home were killed, but haven't released victims' names.

"Planes do go over our house, but this one just sounded really different, louder, and I thought to myself, 'if that's a plane, it's going to hit something," Wielinski said in a telephone interview. "The next thing I knew the ceiling was on me."

Wielinski, 57, said she pushed her way out of the debris and crawled through a hole in the wreckage as fire erupted around her. She said her daughter, Jill Wielinski, managed a similar escape.

She said she still hasn't been told of the fate of her husband, Doug, who was in another part of the house.

Doug Wielinski, a 61-year-old engineer and Vietnam veteran, was probably in the dining room, his wife said.

"To me it looked like the plane just came down in the middle of the house and unfortunately that was where Doug was," she said.

Wielinski, a secretary for the Clarence school district, choked up when she spoke about her husband.

"He was a good person, loved his family," she said.

Wielinski said she suffered a fractured collar bone and Jill suffered scratches on her feet. They were treated at a local hospital and released.


NEW YORK AND TRI-STATE AREA NEWS

USEFUL LINKS:
SEND TIP OR PHOTO  || REPORT TYPO ||  GET WIDGET

 EYEWITNESS TWITTER ||  FIND US ON FACEBOOK


Load Comments