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NTSB: Plane crew saw significant ice before crash

Fri., Feb. 13, 2009, 1:48 p.m.

CLARENCE, N.Y. — 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.

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