Many dead after airliner crashes in New York state (Second Lead)

February 13th, 2009 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Feb 13 (DPA) A commercial airliner struck a house and burst into flames late Thursday outside Buffalo, New York, local officials said.
The crash occurred after 10 p.m. (9.30 a.m. Friday by Indian time) in the village of Clarence Center.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the plane was carrying 44 passengers and four crew members on a Continental Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo.

The Erie County, New York, emergency coordinator said there were “multiple fatalities”, including one person on the ground. About a dozen homes around the crash site were evacuated.

The Buffalo News daily reported on its website that there were no survivors among the 48 on board and one fatality on the ground, citing airport sources.

Television footage from the scene in western New York state showed a huge blaze still underway more than two hours after the crash.

The aircraft, described as a 74-seat Bombardier, was approaching Buffalo Niagara International Airport when it went down.

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