Ice Not A Major Factor In Buffalo Plane Crash

03.26.09 | FL News Team

Ice has been ruled out as a major factor in last month's deadly plane crash in Clarence which killed 50 people. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined while there was some ice on the wings and tail of the ill-fated aircraft, it was not enough to cause it to go into a fatal plunge.

Investigators are still looking at other factors, including why the pilot suddenly pitched the nose of the airplane up. Aviation experts say that action may have caused the plane to lose lift, resulting in the crash short of the Buffalo-Niagara airport.

According to the NTSB, it was the worst commercial aircraft accident in seven years. One person on the ground was killed as were 49 people on the plane operated by Colgan Air as a Continental Airlines connection flight.