Without warning a commuter plane suddenly lost altitude and slammed into a suburban Buffalo home last night, killing all 49 people aboard and one person in the home.
The plane - Continental Flight 3407 from Newark, NJ - was only five miles short of its destination at Buffalo International Airport when it crashed directly into the roof of the home at 10:20 p.m., sending flames up to 50 feet high into the night sky.
Watch video of the crash from the Associated Press:
While the cause of the crash is still undetermined, witnesses report hearing the plane's engines sputtering and choking before slamming into the home. Federal investigators have retrieved black boxes from the flight and authorities at the National Transportation Safety Board say they will begin reviewing the tapes today in order to determine the cause of the crash.
Included in the list of victims was Beverly Eckert, whose husband died in the 9/11 World Trace Center attacks. She was returning to her hometown near Buffalo to celebrate what would have been her husband's 58th birthday.
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