BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Ten years ago Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center killing 50-people. The Continental Connection flight was heading to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport when the pilots failed to recover a stall from the Bombardier Dash-8-aircraft plunging into the home on Long Street. Homeowner, Karen Wielinski lost her husband Doug in the crash.
Those were the voices of nearby neighbors who heard the plane crash into the Wielinski home. Inside that house Karen and her daughter Jill both managed to escape. She recalls those dreadful moments.
Wielinski rememberd how she watched a news report hearing ‘one on the ground’ was killed. It’s that phrase that inspired Wielinski to author a book about the tragedy.
Wielinski is now a writer. Some proceeds from her book, One on the Ground, go to a Flight 3407 scholarship. Wielinski now lives in East Aurora.