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A Continental commuter plane crashed into a home near Buffalo, N.Y. on Thursday night sparking a fiery explosion that killed 44 passengers, 4 crew members and a man inside the home.

Flight 3407 from Newark, New Jersey, was coming in for a landing when it crashed within miles of Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York.

The aircraft, registered in April 2008, had a clean safety record, said officials, leaving investigators with very few clues as to why the aircraft suddenly plunged minutes before its planned landing.

The flight was operated by Colgan Air Inc., based in Manassas, Va., which is owned by Pinnacle Airlines Corp.

Philip H. Trenary, President & CEO of Pinnacle Airlines Corp., released the following statement:

“We are greatly saddened by this accident. Our prayers are extended to the family and loved ones of those aboard flight 3407 and those affected on the ground. Please know that we will commit all needed resources to assist the NTSB’s investigation of this accident and work to ensure that a tragedy such as this does not occur again."

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