AC360° Senior Producer
We are waking up to news of a tragic plane crash this morning. Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed into a house and burst into a ball of flames in Clarence Center, NY at 10:20pmET last night. Victims include 49 passengers and crew members, and an elderly man inside the house that was hit.
The flight left from Newark, NJ and was 7 miles away from Buffalo Niagara International Airport, its ultimate destination, before the crash. A local resident said it felt like a “mini earthquake” when the plane went down.
Program Note: To see more on the story, watch Randi Kaye's report on AC360° tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/02/13/plane.crash.victims/art.dominguez.irpt.jpg caption="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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