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Feb 13, 2009 2:18 pm US/Eastern
Local Leaders React In Wake Of Flight 3407 Crash
Paterson, Corzine, Bloomberg Express Condolences; NY Gov. Arrives In Buffalo
Flight 3407 Hits Home With 49 Onboard; 1 Killed On Ground
President Obama: Incident A Reminder Of How Fragile Life Is
New York Gov. David Paterson visited the area where a Continental airplane crashed into a house near Buffalo, killing all 49 people on board and one person in the home.
The governor landed in Buffalo about 9:45 a.m. Friday. Accompanied by an NTSB spokersperson and other Clarence officials just before 12:30, Paterson recalled eloquently the Miracle on the Hudson, and said despite this dark tragedy, 'we manage to find light.'
Paterson summoned examples of courage and human resiliency in the latest catastrophe, speaking of the families he's met since his arrival to Clarence early Friday morning.
In an earlier morning press conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg began by expressing his condolences. Just last week Bloomberg gave Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger III and his crew keys to the city after miraculously crash landing a plane into the Hudson River.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine released a statement earlier:
"The thoughts and prayers of all New Jerseyans are with the families and loved ones of those aboard Flight 3407 and I would like to express my deepest sympathies to them for their loss. While information is still being gathered, it appears that some passengers on the flight were from New Jersey. We will remain in close contact with authorities as more is learned about this awful tragedy."
President Barack Obama says the deadly plane crash reminds the nation of the fragility of life and the value of each day.
Speaking at an event at the White House, Obama said Friday that his prayers are with families and friends who lost loved ones.
"Michelle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident outside of Buffalo last night. Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones.
"I want to thank the brave first responders who arrived immediately to try and save lives and who are continuing to ensure the safety of everyone in the area. We pray for all those who have been touched by this terrible tragedy to find peace and comfort in the hard days ahead," said President Obama.
Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., crashed at 10:20 p.m. Thursday about five miles from its destination, Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that investigators recovered both the plane's black boxes and have sent them back to Washington, D.C. for analysis.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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