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Plane's crew may have erred

March 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Flight data point to possible crew errors rather than ice as a key factor in last month's plane crash near Buffalo that killed 50 people, the National Transportation Safety Board said in Washington.

The safety board said the stall warning system had activated and there was some ice accumulation but no mechanical problems with the plane.

Continental Connection Flight 3407 was about five miles short of the Buffalo airport Feb. 12 when the plane plummeted onto a house. The NTSB said data show the speed of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, a twin-engine turboprop, had slowed to 150 mph when the stick shaker activated, warning of an impending stall.

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