All passengers and crew members died in a major plane crash in New York state last night. Continental Airlines Flight 3407 was commuting from Newark to Buffalo when it crashed into a home, five minutes before landing. One person on the ground died, too, bringing the death toll to 50.
Among the passengers was Beverly Eckert, a woman whose husband died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Fires, fueled by a natural gas leak, made it difficult for investigators to retrieve the cockpit, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
This is the second major air crash in a month for New York. The state has barely finished celebrating the miracle of US Airways Flight 1549. Now residents must face a tragic ending.
Our hearts go out to the victims' families.