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A Continental Airlines plane crashed in suburban Buffalo, New York, late Thursday with 44 passengers and four crew members aboard, according to authorities. CNN is reporting all people aboard the plane were killed. There's been one confirmed death on the ground.
Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, was en route from Newark, New Jersey, when it went down in Clarence Center, said Bill Peat with New York State Emergency Management in Albany.
The plane crashed about 10:20 p.m., hitting a home and bursting into a fireball, according to New York State Trooper John Manthey.
The crash took place about seven miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Watch video from CNN affiliate WGRZ »
Area resident Keith Burtis said he was driving to the store about a mile from the crash site when he heard the plane go down. "It was a high-pitched sound," Burtis said. "It felt like a mini-earthquake.
Shortly after the crash, Burtis said he saw a steady stream of fire trucks rush by him as smoke billowed into the sky.
Other witnesses told CNN affiliate WGRZ they saw the plane nose-diving toward the ground.
Continental Airlines confirmed that the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was operating between Newark Liberty International Airport and Buffalo.
The National Transportation Safety Board said early Friday that it was preparing a "go team" to head to Buffalo to investigate the crash. The aircraft has seating capacity of 74, officials said.
There was a wintry mix at the time of the crash, officials said.
Officials said relatives of passengers aboard the flight should call 1-800-621-3263 for information.
At this time, officials said they are not concerned about a hazardous materials situation on the ground.
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