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Revisiting the 2009 crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence

Five years ago, on the night of Feb. 12, 2009, Continental Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, was making its final landing approach into Buffalo Niagara International Airport when it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, killing all 49 passengers and crew members aboard. The loud fiery crash could be seen miles away. 

Also killed was Doug Wielinski whose home on 6038 Long St. was totally destroyed when the plane slammed into it. Miraculously, his wife, Karen Wielinski, and daughter Jill managed to escape with hardly any injury. Among the crash victims was Beverly Eckert, the widow of Sean Rooney, who was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

On this fifth anniversary of the crash, we remember the victims, their families, and the dedicated work of the Flight 3407 families who fought to reform FAA safety rules, including that of pilot training.

Photo galleries

  The crash of Flight 3407:

Remembering the victims:

Tackling the FAA

 Creating Flight 3407 memorial


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