Continental Connection flight crashes near Buffalo

Via The Buffalo News:

An aircraft identified by Erie County Executive Chris Collins as a Continental Airlines flight crashed into a house in Clarence Center shortly after 10 o’clock tonight, starting a fire that poured thick smoke throughout the hamlet.

Collins said that there were 50 people aboard the plane and crew members had reported mechanical problems as they approached Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Several injured people were taken from the scene to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

Wow, my thoughts and prayers are with those involved and their families. What strikes me as odd here is that the flight seemed to have a delay prior to departure. I’m sure we’ll get more details soon.

Continental lists the following for the flight status:

Status: Please Contact Continental Airlines at 1-800-523-3273 for the status of this flight. –Please Contact Continental Airlines at 1-800-621-3263 for the status of this flight.

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