20090213/美国小型客机水牛城坠毁49人罹难

坠毁前塔台通话音频(Air Traffic Control Audio Prior To Crash)
捷克佳/美东时间12日晚上10点20分,美国大陆航空公司一架由新泽西纽瓦克飞往纽约州水牛城的3407号航班在水牛城坠毁,事件造成49人死亡,包括44名乘客、4名机组人员和一名地面人员。当地媒体报道说,机组人员此前曾报告飞机的机械故障。大陆航空公司已经为事故中罹难者的家人开通电话 (800)-621-3263。据悉,失事机型是加拿大庞巴迪(Bombardier)公司生产的Q400,这是一架双发动机涡轮螺旋桨飞机,可载客74名。


美国小型客机水牛城坠毁49人罹难

美国大陆航空公司一架小型商业客机当地时间2月12日夜(京港台时间13日上午)在纽约州西部布法罗(水牛城)附近坠毁。有消息说,目前事故已经造成49人死亡,目击者称,坠机现场燃起大火。据悉,这架飞机是从新泽西纽瓦克飞往布法罗市的,机上共有50人。

美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)12日报道,美国一架客机在纽约州北部布法罗市市郊坠毁。据目击者称,坠机现场燃起大火。这架飞机是从新泽西纽瓦克飞往布法罗市的,机上共有50人。有消息说,目前事故已经造成49人死亡。

环球时报消息说,当地时间12日晚上10点10分,这架客机撞向布法罗东北郊区克拉伦斯的一座房屋,当场燃起大火。报道说,居住在屋中的一名女性及其女儿据称已经安全逃出,还有一名男子也住在其中,但不清楚其状况。

飞机撞上了当地民居

布法罗新闻网报道,这架飞机是大陆航空公司的,据称事故已经造成49人死亡。来自布法罗国际机场未经证实的消息说,死亡人员包括44名乘客、4名机组人员和一名地面人员。当地官员克里斯·柯林斯说,机上可能最多有50人,机组人员此前曾报告机械故障。

说,据信这架飞机原本是飞往布法罗尼亚加拉国际机场的。目击者称,飞机失事前飞得比平常低,声音也非常大。随后就撞上了房屋,并发出巨响。目击者Norma说,“这个你知道肯定是非常低的,然后就听见‘砰’一声,就像打雷,非常恐怖”。


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Firefighters battle flames on Clarence Center Road after an airplane crashed into a home late Thursday.
Harry Scull / Buffalo News

49 KILLED AS PLANE CRASHES INTO HOME IN CLARENCE CENTER
Updated: 02/13/09 01:52 AM

By Dale Anderson and Phil Fairbanks
News Staff Reporters

Forty-nine people died when a Continental Express airplane crashed into a house in Clarence Center shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, setting off a huge fire that could be seen miles away.

The dead included 44 passengers, four crew members and a person on the ground.

A nurse at Erie County Medical Center said the hospital’s second shift had been told to stay late to treat survivors but was sent home before midnight.

“There were no souls to bring in and treat,” she said.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said there was little communication between the plane, Flight 3407, and the tower before the crash. Crew members aboard the flight from Newark Airport had reported mechanical problems as they approached Buffalo.

The plane reportedly was a Bombardier Q400, a twin-engine turboprop with a passenger capacity of about 74.

“I was told by the tower the plane simply dropped off the radar screen,” Hartmayer said.

Initial reports said the crash site was 6050 Long St., not far from the Clarence Center Fire Hall on Clarence Center Road. Police said one man was in the residence at the time of the crash.

About 12 other nearby homes were evacuated. Several of them sustained fire damage.

“We had a significant amount of fuel left in the aircraft, said Dave Bissonette, emergency co ordinator for the Town of Clarence. “It was a hazmat situation.”

Chris Kausner of Clarence, whose sister Ellyce was aboard the flight, told The Buffalo News that after he heard about the crash, he called another sister who had gone to pick her up at the airport to see if her plane had landed.

“She said that they told them the plane had landed and was taxiing, but that was not the case,” he said.

Kausner said Ellyce was a law student at Florida Coastal University in Jacksonville and was coming home to visit.

In Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that it will be sending a team to Buffalo this morning to investigate the crash.

Lorenda Ward will serve as chief investigator. She has investigated several other plane crashes during her tenure at the agency — including the fall 2007 crash in Manhattan that claimed the life of New York Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle.

Safety Board Commissioner Steven Chealander and public affairs officer Keith Holloway will accompany Ward to Buffalo. While the agency’s investigations usually take months to complete, the agency said it would hold a news conference to discuss the accident in the Buffalo area today.

The crash is America’s deadliest since a Comair commuter jet crashed in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 27, 2006. That crash also claimed 49 lives.

David Luce, who lives about 150 yards from the crash scene, on Goodrich Road, said he wasn’t surprised to learn that there were so many deaths.

“I can’t imagine that anyone survived it,” he said. “If you heard that explosion, and you saw how fast the whole area was on fire, it was pretty clear that it was jet fuel burning.”

Just before the crash, Luce heard the plane and noticed that it sounded a little funny.

“It sounded quite loud, and then the sound stopped,” Luce said. “Then one or two seconds later, there was a thunderous explosion. I thought something hit our house. It shook our whole house.”

“There was the initial boom, and then these cannon shots … these loud secondary explosions, and they went on for about 10 minutes.”

Within 5 to 10 seconds, Luce said he saw flames 40 or 50 feet high.

One or two minutes after the crash, Luce had walked to a spot that gave him a clearer view of the scene.

“The house was already flattened. There was no house, just a pile of rubble and still burning.”

Luce said he heard screams following the crash, but he doesn’t know whether they came from injured people or from neighbors.

Almost two hours after the crash, Luce said he still saw flames shooting from the crash site, but they were not as high as before. Buffalo News Staff Photographer Harry Scull Jr., who lives in Clarence, said he heard a fire alarm at 10:20 p.m.

“Thirty seconds later, the phone rang, and I knew it was something big,” he said. “It was my neighbor. He said a plane hit a house, look out your window. I’m two miles from there, and it was a ball of fire.”

Scull said he went to Long Street to take photos and found a chaotic scene as firefighters attempted to run hoses to fight the flames.

Scull noted that after dark, he has noticed that incoming flights pass lower overhead.

“It scares you, they come in so low,” Scull said. “You can smell the jet fuel burning. I knew it was just a matter of time.”

News Staff Reporters T.J. Pignataro, Harold McNeil, Sharon Linstedt, and Staff Photographers Harry Scull Jr. and Bill Wippert contributed to this report.

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/577959.html


Plane crash in upstate NY kills 49 people
Updated: 02/13/09 02:03 AM
By JOHN WAWROW
The Associated Press

A commuter plane crashed into a suburban Buffalo home and erupted in flames late Thursday, killing all 48 people aboard and one person on the ground, authorities said.

Flames silhouetted the shattered home after Continental Connection Flight 3407 plummeted into it around 10:20 p.m.

“The whole sky was lit up orange,” said Bob Dworak, who lives less than a mile from the crash site. “All the sudden, there was a big bang, and the house shook.”

The 74-seat Q400 Bombardier aircraft, operated by Colgan Air, was flying from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to Buffalo Niagara International Airport in light snow, fog and 17 mph winds.

Dworak said while residents of his neighborhood about 10 miles from the Buffalo airport were used to planes rumbling overhead, but this one sounded louder than usual, sputtered and made some odd noises. After hearing the crash, he drove over to take a look, and “all we were seeing was 50 to 100 foot flames and a pile of rubble on the ground. It looked like the house just got destroyed the instant it got hit,” he said.

Witness Tony Tatro said he saw the plane flying low and knew it was in trouble.

“It was not spiraling at all. The left wing was a little low,” he told WGRZ-TV.

It was the first fatal crash of a commercial airliner in the United States since Aug. 27, 2006, when 49 people were killed after a Comair jetliner took off from a Lexington, Ky., runway that was too short.

Prior to the crash, the voice of a female pilot on Continental flight 3407 can be heard communicating with air traffic controllers, according to a recording of the Buffalo air traffic control’s radio messages shortly before the crash captured by the Web site http://www.liveatc.net. Neither the controller nor the pilot exchange any concerns that anything is out of the ordinary as the airplane is asked to fly at 2,300 feet.

A minute later, the controller tries to contact the plane saying but hears no response. After a pause, he tries to contact the plane again.

Then the controller asks the pilot of a nearby Delta Air Lines plane to see if he can see the Continental flight.

“Delta 1998, look off your right side about 5 miles for a Dash 8 about 2,300 (feet). You see anything there?” he asks.

“Uh, negative,” the Delta pilot says.

Houston-based Continental Airlines issued a statement saying that preliminary information showed the plane carried 44 passengers and a crew of four.

“At this time, the full resources of Colgan Air’s accident response team are being mobilized and will be devoted to cooperating with all authorities responding to the accident and to contacting family members and providing assistance to them,” the statement said.

Chris Kausner, believing his sister was on the plane, rushed to a hastily established command center after calling his vacationing mother in Florida to break the news.

“To tell you the truth, I heard my mother make a noise on the phone that I’ve never heard before. So not good, not good,” he told reporters.

Clarence emergency control director Dave Bissonette said the crash also killed one person on the ground.

Manassas, Va.-based Colgan did not immediately return telephone calls. The Federal Aviation Administration had no immediate comment.

Twelve homes were evacuated near the crash site, about 10 miles from the airport. The tail or part of a wing was visible through flames and thick smoke that engulfed the scene.

Two women believed to be residents of the neighborhood were being treated at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for what were described as non-life threatening injuries, hospital spokesman Michael Hughes said.

They were transported by ambulance approximately 11:35 p.m.

The crash came less than a month after a US Airways pilot guided his crippled plane to a landing in the Hudson River off Manhattan, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard. Birds had apparently disabled both its engines.

On Dec. 20, a Continental Airlines plane veered off a runway and slid into a snowy field at the Denver airport, injuring 38 people.

Continental’s release said relatives and friends of those on Flight 3407 who wanted to give or receive information about those on board could telephone a special family assistance number, 1-800-621-3263.

Associated Press writers Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, Linda Franklin in Dallas, Daniel Yee in Atlanta and Cristian Salazar and Jennifer Peltz in New York contributed to this report.

http://www.buffalonews.com/260/story/577993.html

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  1. jackjia (Post author)

    庞巴迪Q400飞机的一则旧闻:

    Porter航空公司再落实2项购置权,定购Bombardier Q400飞机

    Marketwire 2008年9月2日加拿大安大略省多伦多市消息— —

    Bombardier Aerospace今天宣布,总部位于多伦多的Porter 航空公司(Porter Airlines)已经与该公司签署了一份合同,通过转换现有购置权定购2架70座Q400涡轮螺旋桨飞机。Porter航空公司原先在2006年确认订购10架Q400飞机和10架飞机的购置权,新定购的2架飞机是该公司已经定购的第15和第16架飞机。

    基于Q400飞机的挂牌价,新合同价值约在5200万美元。

    Porter航空公司的首席执行官兼总裁Robert Deluce表示:“Q400飞机在Porter运营情况很好,是我们当前及未来航线结构中最好的飞机,坐这种飞机旅客感到很舒适,而且飞机节省燃料并非常可靠,帮助我们为旅客提供了一种独特的体验。”

    Porter航空公司目前在加拿大东部和美国共开辟了7条航线,根据该公司公布的计划,航线数量将增加到至少17条。

    在2008年6月,Porter航空公司因2007年的起飞可靠率超过了99%,被Bombardier认可为Q400飞机的运营商。

    Bombardier公司商用飞机总裁Gary R. Scott称:“Q400飞机是同类飞机中最省燃料的,该飞机的巡航速度为360节(667公里每小时),加上其他特点,被认为是舒适、节能和低排放的标准型飞机。”

    Q400飞机的低排放和飞行时噪音低等特点,非常符合Porter航空公司总部所在地多伦多市的位于市区的Toronto City Centre Airport(多伦多中心机场)要求。加上这次的新定单,Bombardier的312 Q400和 Q400 NextGen型飞机共获得312架定单,截止2008年4月30日已经交付200架。

    关于Bombardier

    Bombardier Inc.是全球首屈一指的创新运输解决方案生产商,生产项目包括商业客机和商用喷射机,以至铁路运输设备、系统和服务。该公司总部设于加拿大。截止2008年1月31日为止,该公司的财政年度收益为175亿美元,公司股票于多伦多证券交易所(BBD)上市。Bombardier亦是道琼斯可持续发展世界(Dow Jones Sustainability World)指数及北美洲指数成员。更多新闻及信息可登陆:www.bombardier.com 查看。

    Bombardier及Q400均属Bombardier Inc.及其子公司的注册商标。

    编者按:

    Porter Airlines Q400飞机的图片可在本公司的网站:www.bombardier.com 的新闻发布区查看

    联系方式:Bombardier Aerospace
    John Arnone
    416-375-3030
    http://www.bombardier.com

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