NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB TEAM INVESTIGATING AIRLINER CRASH NEAR BUFFALO

February 13, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go Team to investigate the crash of a turboprop airliner last night near Buffalo, New York.

At about 10:15 p.m. (EST) Thursday, February 12, a Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 twin-engine turboprop airplane, registration N200WQ, operated by Colgan Air, Inc., as Continental Connection flight 3407 from Newark, New Jersey, crashed into a house during an instrument approach to Buffalo International Airport.  It appears all aboard the aircraft lost their lives and there is a report of at least one ground fatality.

NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Lorenda Ward will serve as Investigator-in-Charge of the team comprising approximately a dozen NTSB investigators.  NTSB Member Steven Chealander is accompanying the team and will serve as principal spokesman for the on-scene investigation.  Keith Holloway is the press officer joining the team.  Once on scene, Mr. Holloway can be reached on his cell phone, 202- 557-1350.

The Federal Aviation Administration, Colgan Air, and the Air Line Pilots Association will be parties to the NTSB's investigation.  The aircraft and engines were manufactured in Canada, and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada has appointed an Accredited Representative who will arrive on scene today along with technical advisors from TSB, Bombardier Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney Canada.

An NTSB media briefing will be announced later today.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.