Continental Airlines Flight 3407 departed from Newark in New Jesrsey and crashed 5 miles from the airport in Buffalo. The founded recordings say, that the crew of the plane discussed a “significant ice buildup” on the wings and windshield, as the plane flew through snow and mist.
The visibility was three miles.
Spokesman Steven Chealander of the National Transportation Safety Board said that the de-icing system was in the on-position. The plane began its descent, and the crew lowered the landing gear. The captain tried to get down the plane, but without success.
Sandra Baker, who lives two blocks from the place of the crash, said: “It was just like a big crash, a boom.” Both of her sons, firemen, went to the scene.
Witnesses said, the flames were shooting about 50 feet high.
The causes of the crash are being investigated.