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National Transportation Safety Board
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SUBMITTED TO COLGAN AIR DASH-8 PUBLIC DOCKET

July 27, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to make progress in its investigation into the crash of Colgan Air flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York; according to NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.  The Safety Board has released additional information in its public docket.

On February 12, 2009, about 10:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), a Colgan Air Inc., Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, N200WQ, d.b.a. Continental Connection flight 3407, crashed during an instrument approach to runway 23 at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (BUF), Buffalo, New York.  The crash site was approximately 5 nautical miles northeast of the airport in Clarence Center, New York, and mostly confined to one residential house.  The 4 crew members and 45 passengers were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire.  There was one ground fatality.  Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 scheduled passenger flight from Liberty International Airport (EWR), Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo.

Rosenker said the additional information released today includes an extended version of the cockpit voice recorder, an addendum to the Operations Group Chairman Factual Report, an addendum to the Human Performance Group Chairman Factual Report, and a Wreckage Diagram with Maps/Charts of the Accident Area.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide analysis or the probable cause of the accident. The docket includes investigative group factual reports, interview transcripts, and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available.

 

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NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100
hollowk@ntsb.gov  

 

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