Friday, February 13, 2009

Beverly Eckert, Widow Of 9/11 Victim, Among Victims of Buffalo Plane Crash


Some stories are sad, and others are really sad. This is one of the really sad stories. Beverly Eckert, the wife of Sean Rooney, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was on the plane that crashed in Buffalo last night killing 49 people on board and one person on the ground. In a sad twist of fate, Beverly was flying to Buffalo to celebrate what would have been Sean's 58th birthday, and she also had planned to take part in a presentation of a scholarship award at Canisius High School that she established in honor of her late husband, the Buffalo News newspaper reported.

Here are more details from CNN.com regarding the crash:

Continental Connection Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, was en route from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo when it went down at around 10:20 p.m. ET. The crash occurred about seven miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Dave Bissonette, Clarence Center's natural disaster services coordinator, said it was "clearly a direct hit" on the house.

"The only recognizable piece of the plane left is the tail," Bissonette said.

The ferocity of the fire was such that officials don't expect the crash site to be safe for investigators until about noon Friday, nearly 14 hours after the crash.

CNN has listened to a tape of communications between air traffic control and the flight crew. The first officer had no sign of stress in her voice. The plane was cleared for approach. About two minutes later, the air traffic controller came back, with stress in his voice. Radar contact was lost.

The question goes out: Can other planes see anything? No one responds. The controller says they might have a plane down. The pilot's last comment was "Colgan Flight 3407." There were no sounds of distress.

To continue reading this story, go to this page on CNN.com and please keep the families of the victims in your prayers.

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