Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Just heart wrenching. And not that the other souls onboard were any less important, but one of the passengers was a widow of someone killed 9/11 going to Buffalo to celebrate her dead husbands birthday. Yikes.
Early supposition is ice buildup as the aircraft descended towards the airport. Eyewitnesses also reported the engines making sputtering sounds.
The aircraft was about 5 miles out and 2300' which puts it over the outer marker. They would have been fully configured by that point. I suppose a stall if their angle of attack was increased due to ice accumulation is also a possibility.
Regardless of reasons, my heart goes out to those effected by this.
I am absolutely terrified of flying. I'm going to Florida for spring training in 3 weeks, and I'm making the 16 hour or so drive. I've flown twice in my life, and both times I absolutely hated it. You look at what happened in NYC with a flock of geese nearly killing 150 people, and then this plane goes down apparently because of the weather, or at least weather was a factor. I know it was over 2 years between fatalities for the US airways, but I still would rather hit the road any day of the week than fly.