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NTSB: Data Indicate Ice Build on Wings of Flight 3407 Aircraft

4 a.m. Friday news briefing just hours after crash

By WBFO News


Buffalo, NY – Federal investigators are being careful not to be conclusive as yet as to the cause behind the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence on Thursday night. Evidence from the black box recorders, though, does indicate that significant ice build up on the wings of the aircraft severely affected the plane's performance.

Steve Chealander, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, remains cautious but did concur with the suggestion that ice could have played a role.

Fifty people died in the crash and the recovery of those remains must now begin. Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony Billittier claims that the site is being marked off in a grid to assist in sifting through the debris for evidence of the victims. DNA testing will assist with identifications.

No timeframe has been set for the completion of the investigation or the clean up.

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