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February 13th, 2009
09:50 AM ET

9/11 widow apparently on Buffalo flight

Program Note: To see more on the story, watch Randi Kaye's report on AC360° tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, New York, late Thursday.

Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, New York, late Thursday.

Beverly Eckert, widow of a September 11 attack victim, was aboard the Continental flight to Buffalo, New York, that crashed Thursday night, CNN affiliate WGRZ-TV reported.

Eckert, a resident of Stamford, Connecticut, is the widow of Buffalo native Sean Rooney, who died in the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. After that attack, Eckert co-founded "Voices of September 11," an advocacy group for survivors and 9/11 families.

She had been traveling to Buffalo for a weekend celebration of what would have been her husband's 58th birthday, according to the Buffalo News - the first news agency to report her presence on the fatal flight.

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  1. biba

    This is just unbelievably sad...if they have children..I dont know how they would deal with loosing both parents in tragic events...just sad

    February 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  2. george serena

    I would like to know if flight #3407 was de_iced before taking off from New York.Who decides weather it needs to be done.

    February 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  3. Jo Ann

    So the attacks of 911 claim yet another victim. If Beverly Eckert"s husband had not been killed in the attacks on 911 she would not have been on that plane last night.

    My heart goes out to all of the families of this tragic event.

    Jo Ann
    North Royalton, Ohio

    February 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  4. sheldon marshall

    sheldon marshall February 13th, 2009 1:54 pm ET
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    as a former aviation student ,you can reference this crash to the one over roselawn ,indiana some while ago. In my opinion this is typical of this aircraft having overhead wings in these wintery conditions descending with flaps down ,decreasing in airspeed in normal flight with icing forming on the leading edge of the wings, thus adding weight cause the plane to nose dive into a vertical position ,then causing airspeed to increase across the propellers creating the high pitch sound they would have heard right before impact,but what really hurts is that they didnt see it coming. these types of aircraft are known for these types of problems asscociated with malfunctioning of instrument while the aircraft may be in some other position of flight ,thus giving no indication to the flight crew that were in the vertical position and at that altitude there was no room for error.i will pray for them and they,re families.it was a ghost of a chance!!!!

    February 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  5. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Coincidence! When I read about the fall of the airplane, and I thought the family, also remember that terrible day on September 11. The pain and the suffering are the same!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  6. EJ (USA)

    Now that is very sad.

    February 13, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  7. Heather,ca

    Its just terrible and horrible.

    February 13, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  8. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Life is complex---isn't it.

    February 13, 2009 at 10:26 am |