Passenger plane crashes into a house near Buffalo, N.Y.

February 13th, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

New York plane crash A small passenger air plane crashed into a home near Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday night.

Television station WGRZ reported late Thursday night that a plane had crashed into a home in the town of Clarence Centre. Local media reported that the plane was carrying about 50 passengers and was headed for Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Clarence is about 20 miles northeast of Buffalo. State Trooper John Manthey said, the plane hit a house in Clarence around 10:10 p.m. Thursday and the flames erupted from remnants of the house and aircraft as firefighters sought to control the blaze.

The crash was into a home on Long Street in Clarence Centre, which is a small community just northeast of Buffalo. The neighbours said the plane appeared to be a small propeller plane and came in loudly and lower than normal, before it hit the house with a loud bang.

“This one you knew definitely was very low, and then it was ‘boom,’ like thunder. Very scary,” said a woman, Norma, who lives across from the home the plane hit.

A woman and her daughter said to be living in the home made it out uninjured and were at a neighbour’s house. A man also lived at the house, but it wasn’t clear whether he was injured or not.

Half an hour later, fire departments had arrived and put out the fire. The house continued to smoke, one of the plane’s wings sticking up out of the remains.

The authorities are looking for the black box which would shed light on exactly what happened. So far, there is no news of any survivors.

Youtube video from an eyewitness

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