Quiet Buffalo Community In Shock After Crash
Friday February 13, 2009
It was the last thing they ever expected in their quiet out of the
way area. When a plane fell out of the sky and onto one of the houses
in their neighbourhood, many residents of Clarence, New York, simply refused to believe what happened.
Some thought it was an explosion. Others just bad weather. It wasn't
until people started coming out of their homes in the Thursday night
darkness that they discovered the terrible truth: a Continental
turboprop crashed into a house around 10:20pm, bursting into flames and
destroying the home.
All 49 on board and one resident on the ground were killed.
It took hours for crews to gain the upper hand on the fire and few got
any sleep as the flames raged and sirens blared at the scene.
Many streamed out of their homes into the wintry snow-sleet mix to
witness the disaster first hand after hearing the unexplained sounds
inside their houses. "We heard a noise for about five, six seconds and
felt it explode," explains one resident
"It sounded like the engine was sputtering," adds another. "The next
thing it cut out. You could hear it hit and a big ball of flame."
Kathy Dworak rushed out to see a huge fireball near her property.
"It was nighttime but it looked like dawn because the flames were so
big, and so intense," she recalls.
"You couldn't see any signs of the plane when we got there," adds
Bob Dworak. "It was just a giant fire probably 50 to 100 feet tall."
Tony Tatro was one of the first to call 911. "It was like watching a
bad movie," he relates. "You feel hopeless. There's nothing that you
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