A federal official says the crew of a commuter plane that crashed near Buffalo discussed "significant ice buildup" on the wings and windshield before the crash.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Steve Chealander also says the twin turboprop aircraft went through a "severe pitch and roll" after positioning its flaps for a landing.
Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., was coming in for a landing when it went down in light snow and fog late Thursday. It was a few miles short of Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
It crashed into a house. Forty-nine people aboard the plane and one person on the ground died.
Perhaps best known was Beverly Eckert of Stamford, Connecticut. Her husband died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and she became an activist for victims' families.
They also include one of the world's leading experts on genocide in Rwanda. Alison Des Forges was a senior adviser for Human Rights Watch's Africa division. She was on her way home from a trip to Europe, where she briefed diplomats on the current situation in the region.
Coleman Mellett and Gerry Niewood were members of jazz musician Chuck Mangione's band. Mellett was a guitarist and Niewood played saxophone.
Maddy Loftus of Parsippany, N.J., was headed for a reunion with her former teammates on the Buffalo State women's ice hockey team.
Loftus' father is a Continental pilot. Susan Wehle was a cantor at a New York synagogue. And Captain Marvin Renslow, the pilot, had more than 3,300 hour of flying time with the airline that operated the flight.
One of the passengers killed in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 near Buffalo, New York, last night was the widow of a 9/11 victim.
Beverly Eckert was among the family members who met with President Barack Obama at the White House last week to discuss the handling of terror suspects. After 9/11, she tearfully recounted a final phone call with her husband who had been in the World Trade Center.
Officials of Colgan Air had earlier said 48 people were on the plane. It now appears the plane was carrying 44 passengers, four crew members and one off-duty pilot.
The plane was operating Thursday night as Continental Connection Flight 3407.
Pinnacle Airlines says the pilot was Capt. Marvin Renslow. Pinnacle is the parent company of Colgan Air.
The first officer was Rebecca Shaw. Flight attendants were Matilda Quintero and Donna Prisco.
Pinnacle says the off-duty crew member was Capt. Joseph
The Q400 Bombardier turboprop was flying late Thursday from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to Buffalo Niagara International Airport in light snow, fog and 17 mph winds. It crashed around 10:10 p.m., about 10 miles from the airport.
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