wow. sad to hear some of the stories here. Seems like it was a very small community as many of you know people that were on the plane. Very sorry to hear about your losses and my prayers are with you.
My friend plays college hockey and they are playing Canisius this weekend. They were staying at a hotel about 4 minutes from the crash site and they needed to leave their hotel to make room for the family members of the people that passed away on the flight. Very sad event.
here's a audio of the KBUF traffic control between 10 and 10:30 pm. It's really intriguing how things went down. It's much less dramatic than the spliced edited for sound bites, but it's much more detailed on how they were talking to a couple flights about Icing and also about the "localizer" (electronic landing equipment) fluctuating at 1500ft which is 900ft above ground.
heres an audio link for ATC at Kbuf at the time of the accident. Multiple flights were talking about Rime icing in the midst of 3407 giving clearance to land. the Delta and Cactus flights were especially concerned for themselves and the fate of Colgen 3407
Thoughts and prayers to all the victims and their families, I can't even imagine what they are going through. Thoughts and prayers to those of you here who lost friends/loved ones and live in the community also . It's so sad.
I think you misread - I said all the passengers were moved to the back. I'm familiar with the practice of moving a few passengers.
Yeah I indeed misread your post. I've never experienced what you mentioned. Other than the landing gear issues the type had last year in Europe, the Q400 is actually a pretty safe aircraft. I think its the first fatal crash by this aircraft.
Goddamnit...the wife of a professor in my department at UB died on the plane...I TA'ed for him last Fall and he's a super nice guy...I remember meeting her at our departmental party a few months ago and she was really nice as well. Took an interest in my dissertation topic and listened to me talk about it for forever even though it's not really all that interesting. Here's an article about her, she was a big supporter of Rwandan human rights apparently, I had no idea...
I was just thinking that I didn't know anyone connected to the crash, this is really going to hit my department hard....
I skimmed the O'Brien article. A caller to WBEN during the latter portions of yesterday's afternoon show claimed to have flown the same model for 13 years and reached a conclusion almost identical to that of O'Brien regarding the use of the autopilot. It's heartbreaking.