Feb 13, 2009 10:11
We smell another federal rat beginning to chew through the news wires regarding Continental Connection flight 3407, that crashed at 6050 Long Street near the intersection of Goodrich and Clarence Center Roads, Clarence Center (Buffalo), NY at 10.20pm Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.
The early reports said that a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 crashed suddenly without any indication of problems. "Recordings of audio exchanges between the control tower and pilot, released today on the internet, provide no clue about the reason for the crash and appear to indicate a sudden and unexpected plunge to the ground." The "pilot can be heard reporting her position normally," on the recordings.
Ground witnesses told MSNBC that they heard up to ten booms; that the plane was on fire as it dove into the ground; that the plane was going the wrong direction and was not on a final approach.
The news media is diving onto the TWA800 type spin that says, the wings got cold and froze because of global warming. It was a twin engine turbo prop commuter plane.
Just annoy the paid media scribes: one pilot wrote,
"I would like to add my experience flying the 400 in ice. I have experienced MANY different icing conditions in this type of A/C including "roll upset" due SEVERE icing while in a climb to altitude. I do not believe that the icing reported in the pireps would have caused this aircraft to come down on approach. Moderate clear ice in freezing rain on approach and amazingly this airplane still handles normally..."