Colgan Air Flight 3407 Crashes, Killing 50

A Bombardier DHC8-402 Q400 operating as Flight 3407 departed late from Newark on February 12, 2009, at 9:20 p.m. EST. Shortly after the last communication by the flight crew with approach control at 10:17 p.m., the plane stalled less than a mile northeast of the Outer Marker while on an ILS approach to Runway 23 and crashed into a house in the northeast Buffalo suburb of Clarence Center, a hamlet and census-designated place in the Town of Clarence, about 5 nautical miles short of the runway threshold. A total of 50 people were killed including the two pilots, two flight attendants, 45 passengers (including one off-duty pilot), and one person in the house. It was the first fatal crash of a commercial airliner in the United States since the crash of Comair Flight 191 in August 2006 that killed 49.

A commuter plane dropped out of the sky without warning and nose-dived into a suburban Buffalo house in a fiery crash that killed all 49 people aboard and one person in the home. It was the nation's first deadly crash of a commercial airliner in 2½ years.

The cause of the disaster was under investigation, but other pilots were overheard around the same time complaining of ice building up on their wings - a hazard that has caused major crashes in the past.

National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that investigators recovered both the plane's black boxes and plan to send them back to Washington, D.C. for analysis.

A plane that crashed onto a house in New York state, killing 50 people, dropped by 800 feet (245 metres) in five seconds, officials say.

Air safety official Steve Chealander said the plane had fallen from 1,800ft to 1,000ft shortly before impact.

He also said investigators had not found that there were "severe icing" conditions, which would have required pilots to fly the plane manually.

The “black boxes” recovered from a Continental Airlines Inc. flight that crashed into a house on approach to Buffalo, New York, show the crew discussed icing on the wings just before it went down, investigators said today.

Fifty people were killed in the first fatal U.S. airline crash in more than two years.

The Bombardier Inc. Dash 8 Q400, operated under contract by Pinnacle Airlines Corp.’s Colgan Air unit, went down around 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) northeast of Buffalo Niagara International Airport about 10 p.m. local time yesterday on a flight from Newark, New Jersey. All 49 people on the plane and one person on the ground were killed.