Friday, February 13, 2009

Dash 8 crashes on approach to Buffalo, no survivors

Colgan 3407, BUFA Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft operated by Colgan Air has crashed while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The aircraft reportedly crashed into a house, and a fire ensued. There are no survivors among the 49 on board. One person on the ground also is reported to have been killed.

The accident happened last night, February 12, 2009, at about 22:20 local time as the aircraft, operating as Continental Connection Flt. CJC 3407, was arriving at Buffalo from Newark Liberty International Airport. The aircraft (registration N200WQ) disappeared from radar during an instrument approach to Buffalo.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) dispatched a team of investigators to the scene early this morning.

Colgan Air has released the names of the crew members on board Flight 3407, all of whom perished:
  • Marvin Renslow, Captain, joined Colgan on September 9, 2005
  • Rebecca Shaw, First Officer, joined Colgan on January 16, 2008
  • Matilda Quintero, Flight Attendent, joined Colgan on May 28, 2008
  • Donna Prisco, Flight Attendent, joined Colgan on May 28, 2008
Capt. Joseph Zuffoletto, an off-duty crew member who joined Colgan on September 19, 2005, also was on board.

Condolences to the families, colleagues, and friends of all those who lost their lives.

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UPDATE: The NTSB has retrieved the flight recorders from the accident scene, and transferred them to NTSB headquarters in Washington, DC.

UPDATE Feb. 16, 2009:
Colgan Air has released the names of the passengers who were on board Flight 3407 (one page 'pdf' file).

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