CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Names of people killed in crash of Continental Connection Flight3407. The names have been provided by airline officials, relativesor friends.
— Capt. Marvin Renslow, pilot, of Lutz, Fla.
— Rebecca Shaw, first officer
— Matilda Quintero, flight attendent
— Donna Prisco, flight attendent
— Capt. Joseph Zuffoletto, off-duty crew member.
— Beverly Eckert, of Stamford, Conn., whose husband diedin the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
— Ellyce Kausner, student at Florida Coastal School ofLaw.
— Maddy Loftus, of Parsippany, N.J. Was headed to Buffaloweekend reunion of women hockey players.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
Flight 3407 crashes and explodes in a ball of fire in ClarenceCenter, killing one person on the ground and everyone on board.
The continental plane crashed Thursday night, huge flamesshot into the sky, witnesses screamed in horror and emergency crewsraced to the devastating and chaotic scene. News 4 crews have beencovering the worst crash in western New York history throughout thenight.
Air Traffic Controller: Either State Police of Sheriff’sDepartment needs to find if anything is on the ground. Thisaircraft was five miles out and all of a sudden we have no responsefrom that aircraft.
It’s a mystery. Continental Flight 3407 from Newark showed nosign of distress before it plunged from the sky and crashed into ahome in Clarence around 10:20 Thursday night.
A witness said, “It sounded like the engine was sputteringand the next thing you know it cut out and it hit and it was a bigball of flames.”
All 49 on-board lost their lives, 44 passengers, 4 crewmembers, and 1 off-duty pilot reportedly from Jamestown. One personon the ground also perished. A mother and daughter escaped the homeat 6038 Long Street with minor injuries.
The home video taken from the scene just moments after impactis horrifying. Officials declared the situation a limitedstate of emergency and mutual aid from fire departments, NFTA,state police and sheriff’s deputies did all they could to controlthe scene.
“We did evacuate approximately 12 homes and they pretty muchwent to neighbors houses, there’s no one in any shelters,” saidErie County Executive Chris Collins.
Hours after the crash occured, National Transportation SafetyBoard investigators still could not approach the scene because hotspots and natural gas leaks remained a threat. They are searchingfor evidence crucial to the investigation.
Steve Chealander from NTSB said, “We’ve been allowed by theincident commander to go in and and try to retrieve the black boxesif you will, the two recorders, the cockpit voice recorder and theflight data recorder. We have investigators onscene trying to getthose recorders out.”
The victims identities are slowly being revealed. Among them,Chris Kausner’s sister, Ellyse. He had to break the news to hisparents vacationing in Florida. “To tell you the truth, I heard mymother make a noise on the phone that I’ve never heard before.”
Thoughts and prayers from around the world are going out tothe victims and their families, in this, the nation’s deadliestplane crash in two and a half years.