NTSB: Plane landed flat on home

February 15, 2009 6:33:15 AM PST
The commuter plane that crashed in western New York during bad weather late Thursday was pointed away from the Buffalo airport it was trying to reach and landed flat on a house. All 49 people on the Continental Connection turboprop were killed along with one man in the house. Federal investigators say it could take several more days to recover the remains from the incinerated crash site. DNA and dental records will be used to identify the victims.

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    National Transportation Safety Board member Steve Chealander told reporters in Amherst, N.Y., this afternoon that contrary to eyewitness reports, the plane did not nosedive into the house, but was basically flat when it crashed. He says the flight recorders show the plane's safety systems warned the pilot that the plane was close to losing lift and plummeting from the sky.

    And Chealander says it crashed with its nose pointed toward the northeast, away from the runway where it had been cleared to land.

    The full investigation could take a year, as investigators probe factors ranging from the mechanical condition of the plane to crew training and the weather.

    ON THE NET:

    Continental Airlines information on Flight 3407
    http://www.continental.com/web/en-US/content/news/flight3407.aspx

    Relatives and friends of those traveling on Flight 3407 who want to give or receive information about those on board may contact Continental at 800.621.3263.


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